It’s difficult, it’s frustrating, it’s different … this year’s festive period is going to be different, that’s for certain.
So, as our last message for 2020, a little encouragement, advice and support.
For each and every one of you, whatever you have been through this year, whatever your fears are for next year and whatever emotions you are feeling right now, know this;
You can get through this. You will get through this – we will get through this.
Spend some of this quiet festive period on some well-deserved self-care and respite from a year filled with fear.
Use this time to calmly observe racing thoughts of uncertainty and respond to them with kindness and understanding, after all, it’s okay to feel frightened.
Allow them to drift through your mind but don’t engage with them, try not to hold on to those thoughts. Instead, see the strength and resilience you have found to make it through such a tough year. Remember there is love and support around you, from family, friends, colleagues and peers.
Breathe. Practice slowing your breath and feeling the breath enter and leave your body.
Laugh. Play silly games, watch stand up or a funny movie, smile – a lot!
Connect. Reach out to people, a Hi! Or ‘how are you?’ helps both ways – we are all in need.
If you do find it difficult to manage and your emotions are shouting louder than you and your rational thoughts, don’t be afraid to reach out and talk to someone, you won’t be the only one seeking help.
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Wishing you all a safe and restful festive period and look forward to writing to you again with hope for 2021.
Déanne, Jackie and the Impact Team