The most pernicious bully there is,
There is not much we could have done about lockdown,
We have been in lockdown now for a good few weeks in response to the COVID 19 virus, and different countries have dealt with it in different ways. Travel restrictions, working from home and closed schools are some of the challenges many of us have had to face and it has meant families are now ‘bunked’ in together – whether we are happy about it or not!!!
What has this meant for you?
We cannot underestimate the importance of sleep or should I say, lack of sleep, because sleep deprivation impacts both mental and physical health. Lisa Maltman walks us through the signs of lack of sleep, how technology plays a part and top tips for a good sleep routine. Lisa works with both primary and secondary schools, parents and businesses to bring more awareness to this foundational contributor to health and wellbeing.
We don't live in isolation, everything we do or another does has a ripple effect just like a stone dropped into a pool of water. We may not see the full effect but it is there, and we are influencing and being influenced by these ripples all of the time. Living with more awareness of what we are putting out into the world means we are also more aware of the ripple effect that comes from our movements or words and therefore we have a willingness to build a way of living that does not purposefully harm another. This way of living chooses to have more responsibility, not just because what we put out we get back (as with all ripples), but because we become aware that if we don't want this for ourselves then we would not want that for another.
As you consider what ripples you put out in your day, perhaps there is an opportunity to feel how tired you are, and that you could bring some small changes to the way you do what you do. Nothing extra, simply a focus on 'how you do what you do' rather than consumed by all you have to do, thereby creating space to breath.
All too often, we go through parent-hood with a tension, a struggle or feel it’s super-hard, and there can be all of these at play at any one time. It may be pertinent to start asking questions, such as ‘what is going on here? ‘why is this such a struggle?’ Why don't we see the gold that is living within us but rather find ourselves distracted by the chasm of distance between us.
Read more to unpick the struggle with the tension.
Raising children is one of the most challenging jobs we will ever be asked to do and yet there is little to no 'testing' to see if we have the skills to match the challenge. Additionally, the landscape changes from generation to generation, and therefore, what worked from our own upbringing may well not be applicable for the next generation.