Taking Time to Slow Down
Slowing down seems counter-intuitive for many, as we have become so familiar with the busyness of everyday lives. This is also a time of year that nature reflects to us the importance of slowing down, quietude and going within; we can draw from this season's deep significance. Please find below some considerations for slowing down:
Establishing New Habits
With the New Year upon us, there is new energy and new motivation for many. Some dive head first into their resolutions or goals, and some choose other ways to set intentions. Either way it can be helpful to set smaller tangible goals that you can build on, and also receive the reinforcement from your actions that you are capable of maintaining this. Please find below some considerations for supporting yourself in establishing new habits:
Taking Time for Reflection
With the Winter Solstice come and gone last Wednesday and the New Year around the corner. We are surrounded by times of the year that encourage us to reflect on where we have been, where are we at, and where would we like to go on the pathway ahead. Yes, this time of the year is so busy for many, and it may be difficult to fine the time to pause, slow down and reflect, however with the busyness we need to find counterbalance. Find below some reflection questions to consider for yourself:
This time of year is difficult for many, with added stresses, family dynamics that can be taxing, obligations, financial expectations, people’s moods are generally lower and many have less energy. Add on top of that the implications of not having a “typical” Christmas since 2019 with the last two years of covid shutdowns and restrictions; and you have the combination of the "perfect storm". With the right coping tools and understanding of your triggers you can make it out the other side stronger this holiday season. Here are four considerations to help you through:
With the Holidays just around the corner and Christmas in less than two weeks away, many feel the crunch and pressure of this time of year. It is important to take care of yourself and to not attempt to do it all yourself. Here are four considerations below:
The late autumn and early winter tends to be a harder time of the year for many. Many wonder why, the Mayo Clinic states that reduced levels of sunlight in fall and winter months can contribute to varying levels of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). The Cleveland Clinic states that 10-20% of people experience a mild version of SAD (also known as the “winter blues”), and that it is normal to experience some "winter blues" during the winter months being more inside and having less daylight hours; and 5% of people experience the full range of symptoms of SAD. I believe it is normal for our systems to slow down at this time of the year, as this is reflected in nature around us with a time of hibernation. It is important to adjust habits and expectations with the seasons. With the right supports you can make the most of the coming season. Here are four considerations below:
Boosting Your Child’s Self-Esteem
Self-esteem is key to success in many areas of your child’s life, including their overall happiness and fulfillment in relationships. The Child and Family Blog shares how the pandemic deprived children of everyday experiences that normally build self-esteem. With the right supports and guidance your can help your child boost their self-esteem. Below are four considerations:
In the past few weeks parents across Ontario have received their children’s report cards and many have also had individual parent teacher interviews. For some they are left with how to support their child after a concerning report card. Many kids may feel discouraged if they were trying their best. The pandemic brought many children’s mental health concerns, as well as academic challenges. As a parent you may be filled with multitude of emotions including frustration, helplessness and/or guilt. With the right supports your child can get back on track. Below are four considerations:
Are you feeling worn out, maybe even burnt-out? Feeling drained? You are not alone according to the American Psychological Association nearly 60% of people reported negative impacts on work-related stress, including lack of energy and motivation, 32% reported emotional exhaustion, and 44% reported physical fatigue. The first step is to acknowledge what you are feeling, name and notice it. With the right supports and considerations people can refuel and recharge to a greater place of energy. Here are some considerations below.
In the past year I have had many people share with me that they have felt socially anxious when they never struggled socially prior to the pandemic. I felt inclined to write about this as some may have been able to overcome this new found challenge as things have been opening up more and more since March. While others may be left not able to shake the social anxiety feeling. You are not alone as many are continuing to struggle with this, know with the right support and plan you can bounce back. Find below some considerations:
I have been working with parents for over 10 years. I have learned a great deal from them as well as from parenting my own children. It has taught me that parenting is the most trying job there is, requires the support of a village, and with the right supports can be truly rewarding.