by Caitlin Talbert, MA
Here’s a common statement I’ve heard from those around me lately: “It’s a busy time of year.” Teachers are preparing classrooms. Students are getting supplies. Families are trying to fit in last minute vacations before school takes off. Summer camps and other events will soon be wrapping up before Fall. For some this time of year may be exciting, or it may be a time to look forward to the return of routine that comes in the Fall. For others, the return of Fall routines leads to feeling down, “off”, or just not quite right.
It’s possible that you bit off more than you could chew this summer! Maybe you chose to make the most of this summer and packed it full of activities and fun times. Or maybe life demands
Following a long period of inability to join with others and go on what had been typical outings, there may be a chance we bit off more than we could chew this summer. Perhaps by choice you decided to make the most of this summer and pack it full of activity. While others may have had more required of them this summer as things piled up that couldn’t be done over the past year or so.
Either way I encourage you to slow down when you get the chance, or even create the chance to slow down. I encourage you to notice how you’re feeling. Are you tired? Do you feel like you’ve been racing a mile a minute? Depending on what you notice, then ask yourself what you need? What might be helpful to you right now? Then find a way to make that happen. Put a hammock up for 15 minutes. While your child is taking a nap, go sit on your porch and drink a nice cool beverage. Set up a lawn chair in your backyard and read for a bit.
Maybe you start to entertain the idea of what I’m describing and you instantly think, “I can’t slow down right now”. I wonder if you can afford to not slow down. You may not think you have time. You may not think a momentary pause will make any difference, but you may be surprised what a simple moment of slowing down here and there can do.
If you find yourself struggling lately with low mood or you’re having difficulty slowing down, we’re here to help. River Counseling Services and Sioux Falls Psychological Services meet you where you are, offering hope. You may schedule an appointment with the Platte office at 605-337-3444, or meet with one of our Sioux Falls Psychological Services therapists from your own computer or smartphone. To schedule an appointment please call 605-334-2696.