As lockdown continues, and we face another few months of life without access to our traditional gym settings, I have been inundated with questions regarding training strategies that can be implemented at home.
Winter holidays, Hanukkah, Christmas, New Year, are supposed to be happy and exciting moments in our lives. But that is not the case for many people, and it doesn't depend on whether you have family or not, living with someone else or by yourself. The holiday blues can affect a wide group of individuals.
New Year is a difficult time. Considering it is the end of the year in many respects, many people are swamped with work trying to meet the deadlines. On top of that, gloomy and dark weather doesn't help. And on top of that, you have extra work, of buying presents, decorating, and in general spending more money. And you are supposed to do that in a great mood and with a cheerful smile.
Many people ask you about your plans for Christmas, and it's all just so much pressure! At the same time, as the year comes to an end, most likely you are contemplating if you have done well, or not so much.
If you look behind the curtain, could it be that you are very tired, stressed and overwhelmed? With several to-do lists, with secret hopes for true love, a better-paid job, maybe better family/friend’s relationships, a healthier and fitter body, and much more.
Let's stop being so critical of yourselves, and whether you are a single parent, stay-home parent, happily married, single, business owner, unemployed, highly professional. In the end, those are just the roles we play.
If you are feeling tired, stressed, not interested, having sleeping difficulty, mood swings and just not being yourself, you are not alone. What to do?
If you are feeling depressed and cannot cope, please ask for help. There are charity organisations that can help. There are many private counsellors, psychotherapists, life coaches that will have extra time for emergencies.
Remember you are your own best companion, partner and friend, no one knows yourself better than you. So, take care of those precious relations and the most important person.
Imagine playing a complex board game where everyone is playing by their own rules, except you don’t know what the rules are or how to invent your own. That’s what life can feel like when we haven’t learnt the skill of healthy personal boundaries.
I sincerely believe that everyone should have the opportunity of leading happy and fulfilled lives, feeling confident and secure to enjoy their life to the full.
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