Be Gentle With Yourself

There seems to be a recurring theme that I’m seeing and hearing everywhere. People are completely overwhelmed with the scary, stressful things happening in the world today and that everyone is trying as hard as they can to keep life as normal as they can. I’m one of those people.

I’m also hearing how exhausted people are and many can’t figure out why. Um, see the paragraph above for a clue.

We live in a society that rewards hard work, pushing on and getting things done.

Sometimes we just can’t do it.

Then we feel like there’s something wrong with us because there’s a disconnect from the stress we are dealing with in a world full of a pandemic, political and social unrest, natural disasters like extreme weather and most of all an inundation of information about all of these things all the time. It’s just too much.

Sometimes the regular things we take for granted that we do all the time suddenly seem too much. And then we worry that we will never be able to do them again.

When people can’t keep up their normal pace, they begin to feel guilty and worried about that. This is an endless cycle that depletes our self confidence, energy, and eventually our health.

We need to be gentle with ourselves. Really.

If you can’t keep up with everything, that’s okay.

Rest.

It doesn’t have to be a long rest and in fact, you may be surprised at how great you feel simply by giving yourself permission to rest.

Take a day or an hour to do nothing. Read, play a game, go for a walk, sleep, or just sit and stare out the window. Whatever it takes to give your mind a break. Experience a little peace.

And don’t feel guilty for it.

Have faith that your drive and energy will return. It always does.

We will be okay.

This post is as much for me as for you.

Be gentle with yourself.

4 thoughts on “Be Gentle With Yourself

  1. Erica/Erika says:

    You are right about the recurring theme, Sherrie. The word that crops up for me is “weary.” Gentle with ourselves is a beautiful phrase with multilayered meanings. Thank you for sharing a perfect and wonderful post for today’s climate and for every day.🙂

  2. Doug Hlousek says:

    We have to remember that unless we look out for our mental and emotional well being, our physical well being will suffer. Do some simple mindless things like taking a walk, taking photos, doing a crossword or jigsaw puzzle, knitting or sewing. So “stop and smell the roses”

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