• Claudia Maciuszko

How do I get my head back in the game?

Christmas came out of nowhere and was over just as fast. Then we were all in that hazy limbo before New Year’s when nobody quite knows what they are supposed to be doing. You might have gone away for a little while, been overloaded with food, the kids were extra hyper and you’re repeating that common statement that you “need a holiday after your holiday”. It can be hard getting back into the swing of things and the prospect of returning to therapy and juggling everything again can be daunting. You might be tempted to put it off for a while or you might be feeling lost as to what you should be doing and practising.

The key to achieving any task that is starting to grow daunting in your mind, is to get ahead of your own brain. You’ve heard of those people who get up at an ungodly hour in the morning to workout. When asked what makes them overcome the lethargy that tempts them to just stay in bed, many often say that they simply get up before their brain has a chance to offer any choices. If you don’t give it an opportunity to wonder “but what if I….?” then you don’t have to gather the strength to fight the lethargy and motivate yourself to get up. Once you start the workout, it often feels much easier than you feared in your head and the feeling afterwards is one of accomplishment, positivity and pride.

The same principle can be applied to just about any task that looms ahead; be it because we are apprehensive or unsure about it, are struggling to find the motivation or are very busy and finding the time to do this thing is causing us to postpone it.

But all you have to do is get ahead of your own brain. Don’t wait until school to get back into therapy, don’t put off seeking an assessment because you think you might “just wait and see”; jump into it now so that those “but what if I…?” thoughts don’t get a chance to work away at your motivation. You’ll

probably find that returning to normal with therapy and practise is not as challenging as you thought, and you’ll be thanking yourself for getting stuck into it early in the new year; setting your child up for success from the word go.

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