The chill is permeating my bones! How about you? Lots of hot broths and soups are in order – probably until March 2020. Will this be the year we will spring forward and stay that way? The polls are saying most of us want it to stay that way. Will the rest of the west coast follow? Seems so….
Learning is my second favorite thing to do (the first is treating my community – love my job!), and I recently learned about this wonderful association: https://www.mhfa.ca/ – Mental Health First Aid. I had NO idea this even existed. I do plan on taking a course with this agency so that I have even more resources to help patients. This should be a required course along with First Aid. Get your office to sign up!
I do know its rather difficult to see a psychologist, let alone a family doctor, in BC. The holidays can be very difficult for many, but do we know the signs? Do we try and put on a happy face to hide our pain and sadness? The internet has brought more awareness to many difficult situations – bullying, suicide, anxiety, etc. But this can be overwhelming…even for those who are supporting friends and family members who are struggling. There is support out there. Also this website and phone number is for crisis or to find a shelter or just someone to talk to: http://www.bc211.ca/
Talk to friends, family, ANY practitioner you visit – we will listen and help to find someone that can support you in difficult times. Naturopaths, massage therapists, athletic therapists, physiotherapists, chiropractors, osteopathic practitioners – if we don’t know will will aim to find out.
As our friends and family travel in and out of town I wish them smooth sailing wherever they go. And that the gatherings are fun and stress free! Happy Holidays, Christmas, Kwanzaa, Soulstice, Saturnalia, Festivus, Yule, Hanukkah, Omisoka, Boxing day, Bodhi day, Pancha Ganapati, Modraniht, Chalika…and I know there’s more!
See you in 2020!