Relationships are Hard by Jonathan Chiaravalle, MA, LPC Even on the best of our days relationships with ourselves and the people that surround us can be difficult. Adding in the stressors of the pandemic makes…
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Take moments of rest throughout your day to pause and notice yourself, your breath; a moment of just being, not doing, and not spacing out.
Take A Break...
Decide to give your phone and other devices a break, and choose one thing you’d like to do during that time to allow yourself to some “me time”.
Consider a regular “bedtime” for your devices before your bedtime, so you have some device-free time before you go to sleep for the night.
This moment is just a moment. It does not define you. Whatever is happening in your life, whatever you are experiencing, this moment is just one point in the unfolding of your life.
Take a few moments to find out what you are feeling, and focus for a bit on that. Tell yourself the truth about how this covid time is going for you. Angry, sad, scared, isolated, bored, freed up, tired, lonely, anti social, neurotic, fearful, anxious, depressed, obsessed, insomniac, creative, spaced out ? This is an abnormal time, ask so it’s expected to be feeling some usual and some unusual things, and old familiar feelings things too. What happens inside if you have a moment of acceptance for whatever is true for you? Can you hold kindness and space for your truths? Is there anything that would be comforting ? Is there is anyone you want to talk with about your truths? You can notice what it’s like to hold that space for yourself, to be kind to yourself about where you’re at.
Never Stop Searching...
Sometimes individuals get to a point where talking and figuring out their lives has become a source for stuckness and more frustration.
Many have a sense that the deeper yearning is for more aliveness and presence, more of an embodied experienced life.
To those I say seek it out. There are so many paths these days that guide in that direction. Never stop searching for what you know is possible.