You might've already heard that Healthline---which recently acquired Psych Central---will no longer be publishing blogs on the site. Since this will be my last post, I wanted to share how grateful I am to have written this blog for almost 11 years! (I published my first post in November 2009.)
If you're someone who absorbs other people's emotions and energies, you might find yourself easily exhausted. And, right now, with so much pain all around us, you might feel completely depleted and burnt out after internalizing the anxiety, anger, stress, and sadness.
Angry. Anxious. Sad. Stressed. Happy. Excited.
Whether we're journaling, talking to someone, or trying to figure out an action to take, we typically use the above words to describe how we're feeling. Sometimes, we might even be more broad: We feel crappy. Or we're doing great or awesome! Or we're upset or feeling down.
If you dislike your body, feel shame about it, or downright hate it, you're not alone. So many of us call our bodies disgusting and don't look in the mirror (or grimace at our features when we do).
Lately, you've likely had an assortment of distressing thoughts that you can't stop thinking. Maybe you've tried to come up with solutions for some of these worries, identifying what you can actually control. And that is incredibly important and helpful.
The pandemic has brought up many, many questions that we've never had to answer before: Do we see our grandparents? Do we attend the larger gathering? Should we just stay home? For a while? Do we avoid certain loved ones for their safety, for our safety, both? Can we hold hands? Can we hug? Are we over-reacting? Under-reacting? Doing all the wrong things?
Ever since I started this blog (back in 2009!), almost every year around my birthday, I’ve been republishing and revising a version of the below post about the lessons I'm learning about building a positive body image, coping effectively, and living a fulfilling, meaningful life. I hope this post inspires you to reflect on the lessons you're learning, too, and to extend a bit more kindness your own way, particularly in these uncertain times.
When you're used to checking tons of tasks off your list, you can feel like an utter failure for slowing down. Which is likely exactly what you're feeling and doing right now: Whether due to greater stress, less sleep, fewer work projects, shifting childcare situations, or something else altogether, your schedule is no longer packed or you're unable to complete as much as you did prior to the pandemic.