We’re closing in on the end of the year, and I know that’s something that everyone is looking forward to. 2020 has been such a crazy year that it’s become a joke. And not a very funny one for many of us.
We haven’t even made it through the final stretch yet. Heck, we haven’t even made it through Election Day in the US. (I hope if you were eligible to vote that you did. If not, go to the polls NOW!)
Whatever happens at the polls, it may be weeks before we truly know the winner with all the mail-in voting. And, no matter who wins, there could be a lot of unrest. I’m sending all of my positive vibes for a peaceful process. We’ve had enough stress without adding more chaos to it.
And, as 2020 has shown us, there’s still nearly two months left where anything can happen!
We’re all exhausted. We’ve packed a decade’s worth of experiences into one year. Some of you have come out swinging and asking, “What’s next?!”
Some are ready to crawl under a rock. Others feel like they are already hiding under a rock. Quarantining and working from home. Managing your kid’s homeschooling while practically tripping over a spouse also working from home. Add in the strain of figuring out socially distant birthdays and events. Calculating the COVID risk of doing anything, all while trying to make the world think you’re OK, can make a lot of people feel…well…NOT OK.
For those of you in this place, I see you and I applaud you. Just getting up for another day can feel like moving a mountain. I’ve been there at times.
I’ve spent a lot of time talking about being your best self on this blog. But, forget being your best self. What if all you can handle is being present?
Then do that. Just be present. Wear yoga pants. If the kids are old enough, let them sort out their breakfast. Get takeout for dinner. Skip cleaning one more day. Just do what you need to do to get through the day.
When I feel overwhelmed, here are a few things to try:
Spend 5 minutes just breathing. Count your breath: inhale for a count of 4, hold for 5, exhale for 8. Do this for a few minutes, and I guarantee that you’ll feel a little lighter by the end.
Go for a walk outside. Even 5-10 minutes will lift your spirits and make things seem more manageable.
Take a hot bath or shower. Spend a few extra minutes just enjoying the warm water and steam.
Send the kids outside for an hour. Send your partner out on an errand, or two, and enjoy a few minutes for YOU!
Never feel selfish for taking care of yourself! If you let yourself burn out, you can’t take care of anyone at all. And, never, ever beat yourself up for what you can or can’t do.
If just showing up is all you can handle, then pat yourself on the back for accomplishing that! I always recommend people try to stretch themselves to reach goals, but sometimes, just showing up IS more than enough.
I check-in with myself at least once a year by reviewing my Health and Well-Being report. It’s packed with info about diet, exercise, healing, and more. Check it out here.