This has been a cold, long Winter. Lockdown has no doubt added to the usual sense of hibernation and confinement, essentially encapsulating ourselves in our own bubbles while trying to stay safe and warm.
Spring always seems to bring with it an atmosphere of freedom; a time to let go of the old, embrace the new, and encourage growth. We “spring clean” our homes and this can, of course, be applied to our emotional state as well. As the country reduces COVID-19 restrictions and the smell of jasmine hovers in the air, it feels like the perfect occasion to begin flushing out stagnant feelings of worry and anxiety, and start welcoming hope and joy in abundance.
One of the best ways to do this is to take some time to be outdoors with our children. Children have a marvelous way of slowing us down to stop and (quite literally) smell the roses. Investigate small creatures like ants, or bees collecting nectar. Plant a vegetable garden or admire a blooming blossom. All while letting the noise of everyday life fade away, even if just for a brief moment.
If these activities elicit a feeling of resistance or even dread, it might mean that you need a little extra help resolving some residual uncomfortable feelings. Mental and emotional health is now more important than ever, so it’s important to get assistance when you need it!