It's almost Spring so I know a lot of us are in the midst of Summer Snatched mode. However, what good is having the body of your dreams if your mind is in spiraling shambles?
I know this blog is usually the "get your life!" headquarters but sometimes I get tired of going 1000% all the time. This week has been hard for me; I'm mentally drained and physically exhausted. I woke up each day more tired than the previous one and everything annoyed me. Going to work felt like a monumental waste of time; NOTHING seemed to be going right. Everything and everyone annoyed me; I found myself shutting down in order not to verbally destroy people. Because deep down I knew I was the problem. So if I had the self awareness to know that I hate the world and was physically shutting down to save said world, the true question is: why am I putting myself through this?
There is a lot of emphasis on physical health but mental health tends to get the second fiddle treatment. Don't get me wrong, I do feel like mental health has lost a bit of its stigma; to the point where people feel comfortable saying they are no O.K. and not being penalized for it. The nonchalance with which people talk about which pharmaceuticals they're on is a testament to that.
However, taking time for yourself is still seen as a privilege instead of a necessity.
I feel tired of everything and everyone and I don't want to schedule my breakdowns anymore. FYI: I've had to do that in the past and sometimes you simply have to because there is no time to fall apart when you have too much going on but you run into the danger of always putting it off and EXPLODING later.
Sometimes you have to take a day to just do all the nothing you want. I sometimes feel programmed to fill every moment of my life with something. To be actively present, to be living my best life, to actively be pursuing what I want. A day off, should be just that. A day to do absolutely nothing and feel good about it. So today I made myself a gigantic bagel breakfast sandwich, (side note: it was slamming and tasted even better because it was free 99 baby!) made myself a delicious coffee, caught up on RuPaul's Drag Race (side note II: this show will bring you out of a funk immediately!), lounged about, stretched my hip flexors (side note III: those babies are tight and a good stretch will make you feel Gawd-like!) put on a face mask and drank some good wine and was horizontal for most of the day and by the end of it I felt almost ready for human consumption again.
Having a bad day/week/month doesn't make you weak; just means you have to tune back in with yourself. You need to power down the mind sometimes to give it a boost. Get this: when you work out for a long period of time, you get stronger but can plateau; but have you noticed what happens when you take a few days off? Your first day back...
you can go harder, go farther and do more.Same thing with your mind...
So turn it off, reboot and power up stronger.
What do ya'll do on your Mental Health days? Share with the class, we learn from each other!