Do you need to take a break?

Do you need a break?  Now is THE time to look after your mental health.

Do you need to take some time off from all the thoughts in your head? Do you need to take some time off from working out what your next move is?  Do you need to take some time off from feeling worried, angry, frustrated and/or ranting on social media? Do you need to take some time off from trying to be productive around your house: doing DIY and household chores to keep yourself busy and to help you feel useful and worthwhile?  Do you need some time off to relax and just be?  Can you allow yourself to have this?  Do you feel that you deserve this?

The latest government guidelines seem, for many people, to have led to more feelings of uncertainty, confusion, frustration, anxiety and despondency which inevitably leads to less inner peace and contentment.  We all have to find our own way within these guidelines, and respect others without judging their decisions.  We all have different concerns and life situations.

You may have such a busy mind at the moment.  You may be overthinking or worried about today – should you apply for a job, is it safe to go out to the shops, are you being productive enough, should you be doing DIY and other chores to not waste your time?

You may be overthinking or worried about next week, next month or the autumn onwards – will your furlough lead to redundancy?  How will you pay your mortgage when your pause period is over?  Do you need to start using face masks/PPE etc.  Or you may be feeling very angry and frustrated about how this current situation has been and is being dealt with.

This is a vital time to look after your mental and physical health.  This time that we are experiencing, none of us have ever had before in our lifetime, so we don’t have any comforting reference points to fall back on.  We are all responding differently.  This situation does seem to be magnetising uncomfortable feelings – such as anxiety, sadness, loneliness, worry, frustration, judgement towards others and yourself.  And you can also be experiencing a lot of guilt – that you aren’t doing enough, that you are in a better situation than others, that you are feeling sad or upset.

Can you let go of your overthinking?  Can you give yourself a mental break? Can you allow yourself some time off from doing things you feel you should be doing?  Can you pretend you are on holiday?

Ask yourself – what do I need right now?  Often you find that when you acknowledge and then give yourself exactly what you need, this shifts your perspective and you start to feel better.  Indulge yourself.  Do the activities that help you relax and feel better.  Be kind to yourself.  Show yourself love and compassion.  Take the pressure off yourself – lower your expectations.  Allow yourself to have a relaxing bath, to sit in the sunshine and read a book, to go for a walk in the trees, or by some water – nature can be extremely nourishing and grounding.  Allow yourself to watch an uplifting or funny TV show. Do exercise you enjoy, listen to uplifting music, wake up to see the sunrise, go to a beautiful location to watch the sunset, dance around your living room, have a singalong, play some music you enjoy.  Eat delicious food.

Do you need to take a break from watching the news – could you just read it on your device once per day if at all.  Do you need to take a break from social media?  Remember, often people only post their extremes on social media – their very good times during their day/week; or they go on to vent anger frustration and fear.  This gives us a warped sense of how others are doing.

Don’t compare your life to others.  Remember we are all in different boats, but passing through the same storm – no one is exempt from this particular life circumstance, however blissful their external life may look.

Make sure you are getting enough sleep.  If your night time sleep is disturbed, then allow yourself an afternoon nap – between 3-5pm is the most efficient time to catch up on lost sleep.

Be like a mountain.  Strong, stable, grounded, allowing of the storm that passes around it, noticing the changes of the wind/rain/sunshine; noticing the change of seasons.  But still remaining steadfast, connected to the earth, impenetrable in its inner strength.

Feel free to listen to my latest mountain meditation I have uploaded to YouTube.  If you subscribe to my channel you will be notified of my latest meditation uploads.