It’s the dawning of a new year and time to reflect again on where we’ve been and where we’d like to go. Times have felt chaotic and stressful.  There’s so much to do! So many responsibilities! We might find ourselves leaving things undone while also missing out on self-care.  What about health care- has attention to your physical health suffered as you worked overtime or prioritized showing up for everyone except for yourself? The things that bring you joy might not be considered. What about the things that make you laugh deeply and fill your cup?  If you are feeling out of balance heading into this year, know that you are not alone.

Balance is defined by Oxford as the condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.  “In recent years we’ve experienced collective destabilization related to COVID and are striving to return to a more balanced life. We have been living in a time in which there are many polarizing views and people seem more committed to their differences than their commonalities. We can feel so driven towards the future and future goals that we lose track of what is happening in the here and now, missing the moment.  There are so many ways to think about Balance.

This year we will be examining, challenging, and promoting balance across our practice and with you. Individuals are tasked with managing the many aspects of their lives. Whether child, teen, or adult, balancing the day to day tasks, concerns, and goals for the future is not easy. Couples and families are by nature complex systems.  We will be unpacking balance as it relates to the roles we play in our lives, including parents, family members, partners/couples, and friends. 

Balance applies to  Mental Health. Mental Health and the importance of mental health treatment has come to the forefront of our culture. While we see less stigma around treatment, we also see others treat it as a trend, misquoting, mislabeling, misdiagnosing (self-diagnosing) being therapy-ish. We are here to educate, treat, and bring balance to the noise. 

As our practice enters its 5th year, our focus  will be on unpacking balance as it relates to many aspects of our lives, including in parenting, relationships, as individuals, etc. Individually and collectively we, along with you, are pursuing more balance. Are you also pursuing balance in your life this year? Do you need a professional Therapist to walk beside you as you seek Balance? Consider Milestones Counseling & Consulting Services by giving us a call at (443)574-4295 to schedule your first appointment.

Submitted by: Gina M. Robinson, LCSW-C, LICSW

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