On the third Sunday of June every year in the UK we celebrate Father’s Day.
A day designed to celebrate being a Dad and the influence fathers play in our society; one that can be traced back to Catholic Europe in the Middle Ages.
But Father’s Day can be hard for those people who don’t have someone they can or want to celebrate on this day.
Those whose Dad is no longer here; who have never known their Dad; have tried but Dad just let them down and the ones where external factors have damaged the relationship. The list can go on…
For those people, here are three simple tips below to help ease you through the day:
Stay off social media
As Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy” and the last thing you need to see is wall after wall of #blessed posts about wonderful and present Fathers. Or absorb the grief of another person’s loss. Put your phone away and disconnect for the day.
Get out into nature
Today is a great day (weather dependable) to get out outside. The benefits of spending time in nature are well recognised as having a calming effect and reducing the symptoms of anxiety and depression.
Be kind to yourself
It’s fine to not be fine about Father’s Day. So be kind to yourself. Do something you love today. Go out with friends that make you feel positive. You’ll have moments of sadness but sandwich them with moments of happiness.
Of course, every parental relationship is different and this blog honours all Fathers including those wonderful Dads out there raising their kids and those Dads who have been unfairly stopped from seeing their children.