There has been a pause since my last post. The month of January has given me time to reflect on the direction I want to go with this blog. I considered what I want to provide in the year moving forward. With the recent read of CMHA's statistics on mental health including the impact of stress on parents and the impacts on children, I felt moved to continue this blog.
For this post I wanted to focus on clarity of what you want as a parent. Here are four ways to get started on thinking about what you want:
1. Get grounded in the moment with your particular breathing tool and whatever helps you to be grounded in the moment (e.g. engaging the senses, feeling feet rooted into the earth, gazing out a window to observe the weather).
2. Bring to mind an image of your best self, and how that best self shows up in alignment with parenting and any other area of your life you want to focus on.
3. Be with that part of yourself and tap into your intuition of what that best version of your best self needs to get to what you want. Thinking of one small step you can commit to that aligns with what you want. Believe that you are capable of this next step.
4. Give space for that experience, and find a way to express this whether creating something visual or writing out what came up for you.
I am a Registered Psychotherapist and Art Therapist. And I have been writing this blog since May 2021 about various topics including parenting, supporting adult and child mental health, and holistic approaches. The intention of this blog is to provide resources and information to others, however it is not intended to take the place of therapy. If you have any questions about anything written please reach out to me.