A good reminder
The news is so heavy lately. I realize I don’t need to tell you that. Anyone with two eyes can see it. From the pandemic to foreign policies to climate change to wildfires and a little more locally, things like a once in 30 some year drought, everywhere you turn there is bad news followed by more bad news. And that’s not even mentioning the unbelievably huge divide in those who believe in the pandemic versus those who don’t, the vaccine and mask debates that continue to go round and round and round. I have a lot of thoughts on society right now, but that’s not the point of this post. I’ll save that for a day I feel more in a ranty mood. What I’m getting at is, life is a LOT right now. Like A LOT.
So you take all that, then add some personal drama around me and it was the recipe for a shit storm of a bad mood this week. It just hit me like a ton of bricks on Tuesday and kind of spilled into yesterday a bit. I’ve been doing so well this year with managing my mental health and have been, dare I say it, in a pretty good place overall, that I think it made getting into this ugly place a little harder to take. It was like, whoa whoa whoa. Where did this come from? Why? Make it go away! I will admit I was little mad and disppointed in myself.
Today though, I’m on the other side of it and getting back to that better place. I had some good chats with my mom and my husband. I indulged in some good self care routines and I took a step back and evaluated a few things. And first and foremost, I forgave myself and gave myself grace. And that is the reason I’m sharing this with you. It’s ok to have a bad day. It’s ok to get down into that mucky, yucky place. Like I said, the world continues to be a firestorm right now, so guess what, it’s even ok if those days come more often than not. Feel your feelings, then take care of yourself. Find what can give you some peace, even for just a few minutes. For me, I went to a cardio group I’ve been doing with a friend this summer. I took a ten minute run through the thrift store at lunch yesterday. As I already mentioned I talked to my most trusted people, my mom and Nate. I took a long hot shower last night and after all that, I found myself back at the surface again of the choppy waters of life.
I’m seriously not trying to sound preachy here and I realize that the advice I’m giving is something people say all the dang time. But I’m serious you guys. Self care is where it’s at. All the cool kids are doing it. And again, it’s ok to not be ok! Let’s say it again for the people in the back. And remember, everyone has crap they are dealing with. No one has the market cornered on dealing with stuff. Even if it isn’t at a personal level, we’re all dealing with the world events I mentioned at the beginning of this post. So, let’s try to be kind to one another and give each other grace. And give yourself grace too. One day at a time my friends.