Not Feeling Like Yourself? Try These 3 Things
If I could insert an audio clip of me taking a very long sigh - it would go right here.
Because, that’s pretty much how I feel.
2020 continues to take all of us on this roller-coaster, and this week didn’t show any different. With the charging of only one of the three officers in the Breonna Taylor case, I was reminded that this year has been full of disappointments. As the headline popped onto my phone, I immediately thought: “how am I going to keep it together for this next Zoom meeting?!”
To say that it was a struggle was an understatement.
But, I am reminding myself that it’s okay to acknowledge all of these feelings. It’s okay to not be okay right now. The overwhelming feeling that fills me up each day can’t be ignored, and I won’t try to ignore it.
You don’t have to either.
While acknowledging that I’m feeling my anxiety rise day-to-day, I’ve implemented some small reminders to just check in with myself. I’m sharing a few of those today, in hopes that they will help you:
Have I stretched my legs in the past 4-5 hours? With all the working-from-home, I don’t often notice when I’ve been sitting at my desk for hours at a time. We also hold a lot of tension in our bodies. It’s important to get up and stretch, if only for a few minutes.
Have I seen my therapist lately? I see a therapist every two weeks. This is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. When I skip/postpone an appointment, I easily notice a difference. I have to remind myself of the importance of these appointments.
Am I hydrated? Drinking water is hard when I feel busy/frustrated/worried. Eating and drinking become things of the past. Hydration is so important for basic bodily functions. Try to make sure you’re getting in your 8 cups of water every day.
This year is a lot. I thought I was taking it one day at a time, but sometimes I just focus on the next hour. Remember to take whatever you need for your wellness today.