I wasn’t sure I had anything to add to the many people writing about this pandemic. Feeling loss? Boredom? Frustration? Or is there a comfort in staying home and simplifying your life?
No matter what you are feeling, your feelings are true. If there is one thing I’ve learned in my nearly 68 years (yikes), it is this: feelings are meant to be felt. Some days I am on a roller coaster. My mornings start with coffee, reading blogs, and catching up on the news. I print cards to donate to local businesses or bake bread (who isn’t?). But around 1pm, I feel myself sinking into a kind of despair. What I know now is to let it come. No more pushing feelings under the rug, or saying “I’m fine, I’m fine.” Usually a short nap, a motivational podcast, 5 minutes of meditation or even a dog walk helps me work through and come out of the darkness.
We need to acknowledge this hard time. We are not all fine.
But we will be.
What I’m reading and listening to:
A sweet story about a child and a USPS mail carrier (LOVE this)
Podcast: Checking In with Susan David
Small Ways to Improve Your Life, Gretchen Rubin and Dan Harris
This Too Shall Pass: Mourning Collective Loss in the Time of Covid-19.