My sister is full of wisdom and when she said “It’s OK to NOT be OK” last week it stuck.
For most of us, we are now at least a month into our “Stay at Home” time and some of us are not doing well. There are some people who have no home to stay at, and we all have varying degrees of what “home” is. Some of us feel very isolated and alone. My older son is alone, and my parents don’t live near any of their children. Some of us aren’t doing well from all the togetherness. It’s all OK wherever you fall on the spectrum of emotions.
I have seen countless stories of people who are already tuned into the fact that we need each another during this time. If you need help, ask for it. For those who can help out, make sure to take a moment and check in on those you love, or those neighbors, or members of your community who might need help. I do know some days are better than others.
If we are not doing ok, what can we do? I try and do one thing a day that drops me out of my head and into my senses. It might be a few deep breaths, a little bit of stretching, going for a walk, or sitting in my car alone for five minutes.
We are all being asked to step out of our comfort zones. Our world is in a transition and how we live day to day will change in the future. There is no going back to what was, and for most of us it is hard to see what the future will hold. Again, it’s OK to NOT be OK. This is a lot of new to digest, and can cause anxiety and a roller coaster of emotion.
With today’s blog I hope to give you permission to breathe, and realize whatever you are feeling, you are not alone.