Between days: the importance of end of year self care

Self-Care In The Between Days

Whatever Christmas Day was or wasn’t for you, I want to recognise that the days between Christmas and New Year can be a bit of a challenge, too.

They’re what I call “between days”

The big event of Christmas is over.

There’s nothing happening until New Year, and maybe not even then. Everything stops.

Another year over, indeed.

It can be scary when life isn’t feeling comfortable. Lonely, too.

Here’s a personal story for you about the between days…

I‘ll always remember this time in 2005

It was just three months after I was assaulted, and I’d managed to keep myself together (sort of) by staying busy and distracted with my job for a few months.

Around Christmas I’d planned some time off but didn’t realised that whoah, everything would come up to bite me. I had no idea that I had PTSD then!

It wasn’t until I called Lifeline (because I felt like such a mess), that I even heard that term as possibly relating to my situation.

“Perhaps with what you’ve been through, you have PTSD”, said the Lifeline volunteer on the other end of the line.

I didn’t know what to make of that! All I knew is that I was suddenly feeling all of the things I’d been trying not to feel. It wasn’t pretty.

Because so many things come to a halt at this time of the year, yes, everything we‘re going through can be magnified.

Last year I worked a few days in clinic on these “between days”. This year I’m not as I need some down time for myself.

But I’ve had several people ask for last minute sessions and it‘s reminded me that actually many of us do this, don’t we? Try our best to hold it all together until we can’t any more.

By the time we‘re ready to get help? We’re already in crisis.

Which is why it’s important to take care of yourself in the lead up to the end of the year

Especially for highly sensitive people who feel not only their own stuff, but other people’s, too.

Know your triggers, check in with how you’re feeling, and if possible get the support you need before crisis mode hits.

Of course we don’t always know we’re in crisis mode! But please reach out to your friends, Lifeline or a crisis service in your area.

So anyway, that’s kind of the long way of saying that this year my self-care on Boxing Day was to get out of town and head to the ocean (Port Phillip Bay is sadly not an ocean!)

Behold the amazing photos (over on Instagram)!

I crave the ocean, and also warm weather! Mmmmm…

Please make sure you’re taking care of your emotional needs at this time of year

There are many people who know what it’s like to it tough, and others who might not have been where you are but they have boundless compassion and huge hearts.

Support is always available and just because you haven’t found it yet doesn’t mean it’s not for you.

And if you’d like to book a Kinesiology session, please get in touch.

Much love,
Ambha Amanda x

Ambha Amanda Roberts - Kinesiologist and Intuitive Healer, Mullumbimby, Australia

Ambha Amanda Roberts is a Kinesiologist, Intuitive Healer, educator and facilitator based on the Sunshine Coast, Australia. She offers Kinesiology sessions both in-person and via Skype/Zoom all over the world.

Ambha Amanda is the co-creator of Adventures of Staria, which includes a series of Staria cards, and an upcoming book for children (including inner children).

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