Most of us don't have much energy or time right now, as we focus on the essentials: working, caring for our kids, doing 100 loads of laundry, trying not to drown. Which means that self-care can take a backseat. There's just soooo much to do.
Right now, many of us aren't sleeping very well. We have real, big fears about the present, about the future. We have extra responsibilities, and when the sun sets, we finally feel like we can unwind---and inevitably, we end up staying up way too late.
When we're dealing with difficult times, turning to healthy distractions can help. One of my favorites is journaling: It's a great way to get to know ourselves better, get grounded, reconnect to our imagination, and brighten our perspective.
When you're traversing unprecedented times like a pandemic, your mind can easily veer off into a dark, bleak place. You might feel anxious and depressed, scared and exhausted. You might waver between Oh this isn't so bad! and The world is falling apart!
We tend to think that everything around us needs to be falling apart in order to see a mental health professional. Or we might not realize that the seemingly helpful habits we're engaging in are actually sabotaging us and leaving us stuck.
There's something you want to do. Really want to do. Maybe it's writing a book. Maybe it's switching careers. Maybe it's going back to school. Maybe it's taking voice or dance lessons. Maybe it's starting your own business. Maybe it's taking on some other meaningful project or making some other meaningful change.