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  • Writer's pictureAmy Williams

Maintaining Happiness in 2020

It’s been a whirlwind over the last 6-8 weeks.

It’s been amazing that I’ve had so many clients want to see me and some really exciting opportunities recently.

However, as we come out of the haze of lock down, it also feels a bit like I’m running on empty. From having navigated that long period of lockdown, with two small children and then trying to get back up and running again in my practice, in our new normal. It’s been tiring.

I know I’m not alone and we cannot underestimate the toll that this year has taken on us all.

As a Speech and Language therapist, I take self care seriously. I see it as part of my job.

I have spent time learning about myself and the boundaries I need to put in place for my own well being, my family’s and my clients.

So I’ve started making a few changes this month to help myself get through this strange period.

I’ve also been listening to “Habits for Happiness” by Dr Tim Sharp.

One habit that really struck me that I should work on was asking for help.

So I’ve asked for a little help which is definitely something I don’t like

to do.

I’ve asked a new assistant to take a little off the administrative load so I can concentrate on the essential clinical work I need to do.

I’ve asked for a little extra childcare from my parents to give me a bit more time to plan for and see my clients, particularly around the COVID restrictions.

I’ve made more time for myself to get some exercise in the morning with a little help from my husband to reorganise our normal routine. This really clears my head and keeps my energy levels up.

It’s not all perfect but then nothing is.

I’m also having two weeks off work in September to reset.

Things are getting a little easier but I don’t think we can drop the ball that it’s over yet.

Are you looking after yourself?

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