The aftermath of the festive season: tired decorations and wilting trees consigned to the recycling centre, exhaustion from the effort of keeping the peace between family members, or from travelling miles to see as many relatives as humanly possible.
For some, being single at this time is a pleasant relief, but for others it can be a lonely and desolate time of year.
Building time for yourself into each day is so important for your self-worth, fading the ‘merry-go-round’ of festive frenzy to a distant memory. Try to slow down, and to be mindful of everything you do – focusing on one thing at a time and doing it well, and slowing your breathing, can bring a sense of calm and achievement to daily chores.
Exercise can be a really good way to bring balance back into you life- physical movement is as good for your mind as your body.
Sharing problems with someone you trust, who has been through similar circumstances and will not judge you, is so important for your self-esteem and to feel that your are not alone. A close friend, family member or a qualified counsellor can be really supportive.
Claire Ballardie Dip.Couns. MBACP