Staying safe and well through the ‘Silly season’.
The festive season is nearly on us. The shops are full of Xmas stuff and there’s an unmistakable sense of holiday in the air. Yet, for many, the upcoming period is anything but a time of joy and happiness. The holiday season can be a period of immense stress. Regrettably, the Xmas period is the single worst time for drunkenness, family violence and for police intervention. Far from being the season for peace- it can trigger a period of tension and stress
For many of our younger clients it is a time when they can become isolated from their friends and regular routines. They may find themselves stuck at home for long periods with little relief from the stress this period can bring.
For the last few weeks, we have been working with all our clients to help them develop strategies to maintain their composure when things get tough. They learn from the horses the power of ‘letting go’ and ‘getting back to calm’. Horses don’t dwell on things. They face a challenge, deal with it and then get back to a state of calm. As a herd, our horses reassure each other about their state of calm through their outbreaths and body language. They look to maintain healthy relationships with each other because that is how they survive.
We get feedback from our clients that the horses are instrumental in helping them develop this state of calm and that they act as a grounding resource when things get tough. We hope that the positive images they have of themselves with the horses will sustain them if things get strained at any time, but especially over the next few weeks.
Our Christmas wish is straight off the T shirt- ‘Keep calm and breathe deeply’ [just like a horse!]. Best wishes to you all from Jenny, Blaze, Red and Halo and us- Annie and Mike.
We will be closed for a couple of weeks over Xmas [ 23rd Dec- 12th January.]. See you in 2023.