Tired and overwhelmed in 2020

Who else has been feeling tired and overwhelmed, like 2020 has been going on for about 20 years or so? As much as we tout self care as a means to deal with Stress, Anxiety and our overall mental health, so much of our regular routine has gone out the window. Haircuts, pedicures, massages, yoga, getting together with friends, it seems like all our little luxuries are just a memory. But then we discovered state parks! Stay with us, we are personally the day tripper park kind, not the sleep outside in a tent kind, because honey, staying outside when you pay for a great place to sleep inside seems a little crazy, just sayin.

Being outside in nature seems like a dream after all the time being cooped up, cooped up to work, to school, shopping from home, basically we have memorized our 4 walls at this point. Day tripping to a park is like a mini vacation, we get to be outside, we can social distance, we can get into ice cold clear water, we can attempt to hike up big rocks and look out at the sky and in that moment, if only for a moment, we can be at peace.

“She stood in the storm, and when the wind did not blow her way, she adjusted her sails.” -Elizabeth Edwards

Life has changed a lot in the last couple of months, some of the changes have been nice, we have read more, gone to sleep a little earlier, did some much needed DIY projects around our abode, talked more, and laughed more. Some of the changes have been odd or unsettling, remote doctor visits, not seeing family, having a harder time getting prescriptions filled, finding a new doctor, having zero social life…. Currently we are regretting every single time we said no to seeing friends because we were too tired after work on Friday, what a treat that was in retrospect.

“Let's face it: I'm scared, scared and frozen. First, I guess I'm afraid for myself... the old primitive urge for survival. It's getting so I live every moment with terrible intensity. It all flowed over me with a screaming ache of pain... remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to it.” -Sylvia Plath

COVID-19 has forced us to take a hard look at our lives and decide what is important, what do we need to give up, let go of, what are things that we must set as a priority, what is essential, what do we need to do in order to maintain our mental and physical health? Never forget, we are warriors, we don’t bend and break in a storm, we fight, we adapt and without a doubt, come out better and brighter on the other side.

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” -Anais Nin

To recap, practice a new sort of self care, get outside, breathe in some fresh air, take an outdoor yoga class or stream a class, walk, give yourself a mani/pedi, do a deep conditioner and face mask spa night with your partner or kids, call up your family or your friends instead of sending another text, hug someone who is inside your bubble, have a chat with someone you haven’t seen in awhile, continue taking your medication, talking with your therapist and letting those who care for you know when you need a lifeline.

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All the best-SG

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