Our December news is usually shorter to allow time for restoration and rest. All I will say today is this: it feels to all of us here at Voxel Hub that it was a heavy year, so we wish you a peaceful, calm and restorative Holiday Season.
In the autumn of 2021, we shared our tips on effective digital detoxing on our Instagram account. For many of our clients, 2023 was a heavy year, so as we enter the Holiday Season, we have decided to collate all our digital detoxing tips into a handy e-book. You can download it here.
Watch any Christmas movie and the plot line is likely to end with a couple falling in love. Christmas comes a close second to Valentine’s Day when it comes to emphasising romantic love and being in a couple. There are plenty of people out there who are content with their solo status, but if you’re not one of them, the holiday season can be tough, leaving you feeling like you failed or are unlovable in some way. What doesn’t help is facing an avalanche of seasonal togetherness on TV, in cinemas, on Christmas cards, adverts, gift catalogues, and more.
Winter has fully arrived. At this time of year, nature all around us slows down, and animals begin their hibernation period. In the past, people would sleep for longer periods of the day with their animals in an attempt to keep warm during the colder months. Scientifically, your muscles move slower in cooler temperatures (based on the principles of thermodynamics, which is the branch of physics dealing with how energy relates to heat, work and temperature) and, according to the Met Office, the end of ‘the growing season’ for lawns is marked by five consecutive days below 5oC. So slowing down, resting and sleeping more in cold temperatures is normal for humans, plants and animals. Yet, in today’s society, we hardly ever slow down at any time of the year and being busy seems to be the default response to “How are you?”
What are the benefits of slowing down, and how can we do it?
Until recently, I had no real idea of what Forest bathing was. I had heard of it in passing, and that was about it. I started thinking about it more when I was looking up at the underside of trees and thinking about how happy it made me. This led to wanting to find out more about Forest bathing, what it was and how I could do it!
We are delighted to announce that we are now on Spotify with our new podcast on digital wellbeing and digital futures.
Welcome to our November Newsletter.
How are you doing? For many of my clients, things feel heavy at the moment. I am having many conversations about the online discussions escalating into conflict and the need to switch off and find peace. I agree that when the amount of incoming messaging gets too much, we need to pause. And it’s also worth thinking about peace: what does it mean to us personally? I speak a lot in those newsletters about authentic communication, as well as rest and restoration – it is a base for healthy regulation of our emotions. And we always come back to humanity – how can we be authentically ourselves, and what do we need to heal and thrive? So many questions…answers are hard, complex and not always clear.
This is a gentle reminder that our next CPR workshop is next Friday from midday to 2 PM and you can register here. I hope you can join us!
Our memories don’t necessarily define us in the way we think they do. They are a narrative we have created over many years based on fragmented elements of events, situations, people and activities we have experienced. As with any narrative, we can change it to help us create a better present and future.
What is your relationship with virtual reality? Welcome to our October Newsletter. I hope this email finds you safe and well. As the days shorten, our clients report spending more time online and thus reach out to us to explore the benefits and challenges of virtual reality. We have hosted two events on the topic (more below) for the counselling profession and will continue with the subject in November as …