As we approach the the end of the year and pause to enjoy the varying celebrations that take place around the world in December, including Winter Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, my thoughts turn toward reflection and renewal.
Ending one year and beginning a new one can be a difficult time for
many, and I've seen a noticeable uptick with clients, friends and family
feeling discouraged, disheartened, and frankly, hopeless. Without a
doubt, these are unsettling times, and the world seems more challenging
each day. Anxiety, depression, pessimism, a sense of feeling forlorn, disconnected, alone, hopeless, helpless,
broken and even a sense of worthlessness can surface at any time, yet
seems to carry more weight at this time of year more than any other,
rather highlighted and brought to the fore. Some have even said that
they have feeling of utter dejection and have such a bleak outlook that
they feel numb to the happenings around them. Unfortunately, "I'm at my
wit's end" and "What's the point?" seems to be the new seasonal jingle.