Worldwide, people are being impacted by Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in countless ways. People are postponing wedding ceremonies and proms, canceling birthday parties and graduations, and having to mourn the loss of loved ones over distance instead of in-person. These are just a few of the many current disappointments that thousands of people are grieving. Life is currently confusing and difficult.
With permission, I have recorded “It’s Okay Not to Be Okay,” (click link to view) written by Rachel Rambach. Written for all ages, the lyrics of this song acknowledge various feelings that we might have– specifically in today’s time of navigating COVID-19. My hope in sharing this song is to encourage you to not only be patient with others during this time, but to also remember to be patient with yourself.
If you’re honest with yourself, where are your feelings at, in this very moment? With this in mind, how can you best take care of yourself, right now?
Maybe, you feel like you’re in a good place and you just want to make sure that you stay there. Can you name a specific activity that you feel is positively influencing these feelings? Are you going for daily walks and finding this to be rejuvenating? Are you routinely spiritually feeding yourself and feel that this is greatly impacting your emotional health? Whatever it is that you feel is positively impacting you, I want to encourage you to continue providing space for that practice.
However, maybe, you feel like you are not in a good place right now and instead, you just want a way to express these feelings or maybe, you even want to move away from these uncomfortable feelings. What is the first step that you can take today to best meet your needs? Maybe, you need to make that first phone call to schedule an appointment with a therapist. Maybe, you just need to make time for journaling or calling that friend who will listen.
“It’s okay not to be okay.”
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