Be Kind to Yourself

Melissa Doman, MA, Organizational Psychologist

Even in the ‘before time’, we were all swimming in a sea of triggers trying to find a boat. The past 20 months have amplified that, 10-fold. Be kind to yourself as you re-define what ‘good’ feels like, what ‘ok’ feels like, what ‘happy’ feels like. Everyone is going through that same struggle, and that’s ok. Remind yourself that you’re finding your new homeostasis, and that takes time. Focus on the small things you can do for your mental health, the little things that accumulate over time. And most importantly? Realistically level set your expectations that dealing with stress is about taking the edge off, not getting rid of it altogether. Find the tools that work specifically for you, not what the wellness industry says should work for you. I know the holidays this year may be stressful and tough, how could it not be in the divided world we live in. But, there is comfort in knowing you can find those good moments where you can, pause, and enjoy those good feelings – even if they’re fleeting. Be kind to yourself, and to others, because everyone is going through something you don’t see.

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