We are living in incredibly tense, worrying and uncertain times at the moment. This is a time of history in the making, one which will be spoken of for many generations to come. And whilst we are fortunate enough to live in a time when we are connected on a global level through the wonders of the world wide web, this is also a time when we are isolated from our loved one, friends and colleagues.
This is a time when we are housebound, the economy on a global scale is under huge pressure, and we as a society are unsure of how drastic the impact will be on us with being able to keep our jobs, businesses, homes and manage bills.
We are so lucky to be able to connect with others over social media, video calls, online house parties and more, but that doesn’t mean we still have a sense of fear, panic, worry, and isolation. Not being able to leave our homes undeniably has an impact on our well-being.
The thing to remember is that this is going to give rise to waves of emotions, feelings, and thoughts. And not all of those can be positive and full of optimism. There are days when you are going to feel sadness, or feel flat. And it is so important to remember that feeling that way is OK. So long as that doesn’t span into days or weeks of course.
You cannot be uplifted and positive every day
You cannot be uplifted and positive every day. Our feelings and emotions are fluid and ever-changing and the ups and downs of these emotions are very normal and a very real part of life. Even more so in these extreme circumstances.
We are seeing so much on how to uplift yourself, but there are days that meditation, gratitude and other things will not be enough. And on those days, it is so important to be kind to yourself, and accept that it is OK to not be OK. Today you can feel this way, and know and trust that tomorrow is another day.
So don’t be tough on yourself if you are feeling low. That is part of who we are, and you are not expected to smile through regardless. It’s perfectly OK to grab for some comfort, watch your favourite movie, have a good cry, eat some chocolate.
Know that you are not alone. We truly are all in this together. And tomorrow is a brand new day and is an opportunity for a whole new perspective.