You are not alone. We’re almost a year into the changes due to COVID, and things certainly aren’t getting any easier. Our expectations for this time likely don’t match the reality.
Go easy on yourself (and each other!). None of us signed up for this experience.
Feel it. All feelings ebb and flow, so there may be times when everything feels under control and times when the smallest task feels impossible. Wherever you are, give yourself permission to sit with your feelings for a bit.
Do the next small thing. When you feel ready, do something small. Get out of bed, take a shower, eat something nourishing, go outside. Taking the first step is always the most difficult part.
Stay connected. You might feel exhausted, ashamed, or guilty - you still need connection. Reaching out is a sign of strength. Connect with people who make you feel safe and cared for.
Do what makes you feel good. Remember the things that brought you joy in the past and find a way to incorporate some part of them now.
Support your health. Pick whatever feels doable and start there: Get enough sleep. Move your body. Practice mindful eating. Practice relaxation strategies. Spend time in nature. Write in a journal. Listen to music. Play with a pet. Check some easy things off your to-do list.
You can get through this. You’ve survived 100% of the hard things life has put in front of you.
When you’ve taken self-help steps and things still feel hard, seek professional help. Asking for help is a sign of strength! CAPS is available 24/7 at 919-966-3658.