It’s been so many months. And it’s still not over! Some places have opened up, but it’s still not the same.
What happened to the last semester of life? Where did normalcy go? What happened to Everything We Knew?
Why can’t this just be a bad dream and we can wake up and start a new day like we used to? Why isn’t it over? Why doesn’t it stop? OK, ready to be done now!
Whoever you are, wherever you live, you’re affected by the pandemic. There’s a lot we can’t control. But we can try our best to stay healthy and let out all the stuff that’s churning around inside of us. We can let out some of the frustration – confusion – anger – sadness, ETC. We can catch a short break by focusing on something better, too.
Try one or more of the following journaling prompts to release a bit of your burn:
Let’s start with a positive thought: It IS possible to change behaviors! However, just because it’s January doesn’t mean we’ve got a better chance to actually make it happen. We like fresh starts, we like new beginnings, we like to think that a new day, a new month, a new year or a new decade will make it easier for us to get past the old habits and take on the new.
But statistics tell us that those calendar-based motivations only last about two weeks, four tops. (So if your January 1 resolutions have already chugged off course, you’re not alone!) What we need is not a better time to start, but a better way to start.
And that’s the trick: the better way is to resolve for progress, not perfection.
With youth anxiety and depression rates soaring our children need our help. It’s a sweet tradition to give them hearts and cards and trinkets on Valentine’s Day – we all like those gifts! But let’s also think about giving them something even more important and loving this year. Let’s give them three gifts that will help them to grow up stable, secure, and with the confidence that they can tolerate discomfort, move through challenges, and manage their emotions. Let’s empower our kids to believe that there is always hope, things can get better, and they have the ability to survive…
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