Self-Care. Wellness. Growth. New Year’s buzz words that can be so daunting if one’s body, mind, and spirit are not ready for reflection, re-evaluation, or renewal.
The winter months can be difficult for many. Winter blues, clinically known as seasonal affective disorder, is common for many Canadians. Less sunlight, colder months, and hormonal shifts, can lead us to feeling depression, sadness, irritability, and lethargy. Grief and loss can also occur frequently during this time of year in many forms: from the death of a loved one, personal injury, illness, or disease, loss of a valued relationships, moving away from home, loss of youthfulness, changes in routines or career paths, financial stress. These experiences of grief are understood and valid.
The world of marketing and advertising often corners us this time of year for means of profit. To take care of yourself you need to follow a specific self care formula. Which is designed by an organization’s opinion of what is needed for you to feel good about yourself… You just need to go to the gym 3 times a week to reach optimal wellness…. It’s important to practice meditation every day for growth… You should eat only healthy food if you want to have good self care habits. Whoa! That’s a lot to take in and feels all too realistic.
What if we were to design our own self care model? Designed and tailored by yourself and for yourself. It’s very easy (and I’ve absolutely been there too) to get caught up in the “shoulds” that state what are important practices for self care. What would happen if we change the narrative and begin to listen to our authentic voice? To gently give us to the space to know we can’t do it all? How would this path to self-care, wellness, and growth change? Would there be a positive or negative energy towards it?
Also, I recognize that I’m referring to society’s marketing and advertising world as a collective “money making machine” when that’s simply not the case. All organizations in our community don’t have this mindset and I believe there are many person-centred organizations ready to listen, learn and collaborate with you on your journey.
With Costron Coaching’s we aspire to do this with every person we work with through our business for music therapy coaching platform. We look forward to connecting with you if, and whenever, you’re ready to start the conversation.
Mackenzie Costron, BMT, MTA, RCT
Owner and Founder of Costron Coaching and Find Your Voice Music Therapy
1-800-827-3120 ext. 101