Whether you’re prone to making New Year resolutions or not, as January rolls around new beginnings and fresh starts soon follow. New Year’s resolutions aren’t like ordinary goals. They are far more powerful because the end of one year and the start of another symbolises another chance to achieve those things we have always dreamt of, or perhaps to lose a few unhelpful and unhealthy habits we have cultivated along the way. It is probably quite fitting that after a season of indulgence we resolve to change our habits in the New Year.
Whist for some of us, this can undoubtedly be “the most wonderful time of the year” for others the holiday period can be one of the most triggering, challenging and emotionally exhausting times of the year. This is particularly true for those of us planning on spending any time with our families. Let's be honest, not all of us grew up in (or inherited) sane, functional, compassionate families. There may even be times over the Christmas period when you find yourself wondering where that otherwise functional healthy adult whose body you inhabit for the other 364 days of the year has gone to. If spending the holiday season with your family feels challenging, you are not alone.
o say that Norwegian winters are long is a gross understatement. They are also dark, cold and bleak. So as autumn turns to winter I have learned to do what Norwegians do best, I “hygger seg”. Hygge, or “kos” as it is known in Norway, might just be one of the keys to understanding how to thrive and find happiness through the long winter months.
In the last few decades several major disasters have struck. Some, like hurricanes, are predictable, giving people sufficient time to acquire the appropriate supplies and secure or evacuate their homes. Hearing about such disasters many of us might imagine what it might be like to experience them. We wonder about how we might act, or fail to act, how we might respond both physically and emotionally. Whether we will be a hero or a victim. Experts believe that if you are worried about how you might hold up in the event of a disaster there may be a number of things you can do to better prepare yourself psychologically.
The new school year brings with it a range of emotions for both the child and parent including nerves, excitement, anticipation and curiosity. For some this experience is a wonderful opportunity to flex their independence and embrace new experiences. For others however, new unfamiliar experiences can feel overwhelming and distressing. At different stages of development it is normal to experience anxiety around separation and will be experienced more or less intensely for each child. There are a number of things that you can do as a parent to ease and manage any anxiety your child may be experiencing in relation to beginning at school or nursery this year.