The year is full of transitions and another one is upon us. The school year is winding down, the weather is changing, schedules are shifting and a sense of excitement, but also “what’s next?” can be felt. The end of the school year can be a very busy and hectic time, with lots to wrap up and finish but also plans to be made for the next year ahead. It can be a very abrupt transition from buzzing with lots of activity, deadlines, exams, end of year events and celebrations, to suddenly a whole different routine. Perhaps the summer brings a break from routine and structure and more freedom and choice. Perhaps it brings a different routine which might be just as busy such as a summer job or other activities. Sometimes with all of this excitement and activity we can forget to acknowledge the transitions in life, but it can be helpful to pause during this transition to reflect back on the year, and also look ahead.
When looking back on the last school year, you might ask yourself:
- What went well this year? What are some of the things I accomplished that I was planning to do? What are some of the things that were a surprise? Try to focus on the things you did, rather than the things you didn’t get to do.
- What is something I would like to do differently? It can be a great time to set goals for next year and think of different activities you would like to try or experiences you would like to have.
There can be a sense of pressure to have a specific plan for the summer, or for the summer to go a certain way. “What are you plans for the summer?” can be heard often this time of year. This can leave us with a sense that we should have big exciting plans. Instead of focusing on plans or events, it could be helpful to set an intention for the summer- what do you want your summer to look like? How do you want to feel throughout the summer? Your intention could be simple, such as to to spend more time outdoors, to be more present and in the moment this summer, or to practise appreciation more often.
Mindfulness can be particularly helpful during transitions, for staying in the moment, setting intentions and being present. Check out the mindfulness section and the Breathr app to learn more http://keltymentalhealth.ca/healthy-living/mindfulness
All the best for a mindful transition into summer!