Category: Anxiety

Springtime is here

Springtime is here. The snow moon arrived last week heralding the end of winter. It was a massive moon. It was so huge and unusual. A bit like the situation we find ourselves in huge and unusual. And it will be a big thing for all of us to move out of lockdown soon.

The small shoots of springtime are ready to burst through. There is warmth in the ground. We all need the lightness that springtime symbolises; the vibrant yellows of daffodils, the purple crocus, the smell of newly mown green grass, the aliveness of nature, the longer evenings. The birds building nests and singing their hearts out. The harsh winter of lockdown and discontent is moving on. The darkness is lifting.

Gardening fever is starting here in Ireland. Grass cut, clippers out at the ready, patios cleaned. Spring clean is truly on the way. Cleaning back the patio and the flower beds, noticing how the weeds have grown so strong, so wild, sometimes seemingly out of control. It sort of happens without knowing it.

A bit like our lives really. The weeds of negative thought may have gotten stronger this winter, and sometimes it felt like they were out of control. Perhaps it’s time to get rid of the weeds and set up a new state of mind. Our state of mind has been pushed to the limits during lockdown. Everyone has felt it. It’s time now to start weeding the negative thoughts from our minds and set up new ways of thinking and new ways of behaving. It starts from the inside out.

Like the snow moon, we can step out of the shadows of this winter, and spring into action, starting with our thoughts and putting the focus more on our well-being. Those weeds may have dug in hard, but if you keep weeding out those negative thoughts, then you too can blossom like the onset of springtime.

If you or someone you know needs a little help my details are here on my site.

A Glimmer of Hope

A long long time ago, the glimmerman lit the gas lights in the streets when it got dark. He lit his lights so people could see, so they could find their way through the darkness.

As we potentially move out of lockdown, we have the opportunity to see life from a different perspective. A glimmer of hope as we await the next step for our country.

The past months have asked so much from us. Now we prepare to go back to work

in whatever new form that might be. The sunny days have eased the pain of lockdown.

The sun still shone. The rivers still flowed. The birds still sang, in fact they sang more.

What positive changes, and I mean real, honest changes do you want when you return

to work?

Some people have already decided that working from home suits them. Others just can’t wait to get back to the office. While some want the balance of the two. Business owners are putting strategies in place to help them hold onto their businesses. It’s time to support local, re-build our country, recycle what we can from the past, make it better and use new energies to sustain us. Our mental health and wellbeing should be regarded as the most cherished possession we have. That is what will fuel us. Values from old can be harnessed and reawakened, sharpened and re-used.

As most of us move closer to online working, what positive changes do you want to make?

Setting goals for yourself is really important. Have you decided yet that the stress you used to experience is not worth it? The endless rushing, the “have to” or “musts”. We have a real opportunity here to open our eyes and start afresh. What can you plan to change? How can you adapt, change and grow.

The way forward is baby steps. Step by step along the way making that difference for ourselves and each other. Together we can do this. Your mental health and wellbeing is key to unlocking your coping mechanisms.

There is a glimmer of hope. A light in the darkness. There are new learnings. New beginnings. New chapters in all of our lives. Starting afresh with a new attitude for life. A zest to learn the lessons of 2020 so we can really see with 2020 vision a new Ireland. An Ireland that is kinder to each other. An Ireland that supports the home market. An Ireland that is grateful to be healthy. An attitude in Ireland that is like the glimmerman, a beacon of light in the darkness.

Let’s stay well and stay safe.

If I can help you or someone you know, my contact details are here on my site.

Springtime is here

We can step out of the shadows of this winter, and spring into action, starting with our thoughts and putting the focus more …

A Glimmer of Hope

A long long time ago, the glimmerman lit the gas lights in the streets when it got dark. He lit his lights so people could …