”Change in life is certain; how we respond to it is our choice” – Ant Middleton

18th August 2020

Hands up if you feel you aren’t doing anything properly at the minute?

Whether you have been working through lockdown or furloughed, it has felt as though 2020 has been the quickest and longest year. We’re all getting to (or already at) the end of our tether. It feels as though we are only now actually processing what has happened. As some sort of normality starts to kick in, it’s now things are starting to feel tough.

Time guilt is a classic frustration; feeling guilty we aren’t dedicating enough time to work, to family, and certainly very little (if any) for ourselves.

So how do we regroup, reassess?

Think of it as being on a rollercoaster, and we are all at different points on the ride. There is no right or wrong position to be in, or a right way of feeling. Process your thoughts, take time. Show your emotions – this is vitally important.

Be honest with each other. Be kind. Have down time. Put your phone in the cupboard! 

And remain positive, 

It can be exhausting at times, and it’s easier to feel down and unsure, worried, concerned.

But, as local entrepreneur Claire Clements, owner and founder of Positive Pants, and award-winning Positively Empowered Kids, which provides family wellbeing activities in order to help them feel empowered to communicate, acknowledge and express their emotions, has found, there is always hope.

Claire says:

‘’It’s so important to express yourself at this unusual time, and as lockdown eases and a new normality resumes, it’s easy to think that we should all now be feeling fantastic and grateful to be coming out the other side. But this isn’t necessarily the case!

“Often, we can feel upset a long time after a traumatic period in our life, this could be days, weeks, months or even years. This can also be the case for our children – it’s true that children are extremely resilient but it’s paramount that we keep communicating with them even when we think they’re not affected.

“But don’t despair, we can teach our children early on how to overcome the hurdles that we all experience in life – admittedly this one was particularly unexpected – and give them the tools and that can help them over the coming months, which they will also use as they grow up to fulfil their potential.

“Be rest assured and have that peace of mind that you are doing the best you can for you and your family, and that really is enough’’.

Claire will be running an online Back to School group course w/c 24th August. To book a place on the course, or for further support, contact Claire at [email protected] / www.positivitypants.co.uk, and on social media: Facebook: positivepantsfamily or Instagram: positive_pants_family.

To find out more, feel free to contact us, give us a call on 0115 958 8599 or email [email protected].