The last few weeks have been particularly challenging for me with one bad news after another. I have been experiencing deep grief and a sense of loss that has shifted me in ways I am still processing. I decided that I need some time to deliberately reflect and recharge. To fill my jug so that I can pour again.
Before all of this happened, I had already planned to take a week to rest and recharge from the demands of COVID-19. Right now, I am planning for two weeks. It may be longer. Looking back at other occasions, I know that a few extra days really didn’t matter within the bigger picture. They did, however, make all the difference to my well-being when I allowed myself to finish a deliberate integration process. Or as a friend put it, let go of sorrow and call back joy.
I could have just prepared some emails, scheduled my regular social posts, and pretended that it was still business as usual. I decided not to. In today’s 24/7 connected world people aim to be ‘on’ all the time, no matter what is going on in their lives. Even when there are major challenges, they seemingly keep going and soldiering on.
I think it’s important to let people know that we are not ‘on’ all the time. Sometimes we simply need to cocoon so we can dig deep, feel uncomfortable, and allow unpleasant emotions to arise. To find out what our emotions want to tell us. To not gloss over pain. To digest life’s challenges away from a schedule. To be clear, this is not about wallowing in misery, this is about mental and emotional health. It’s about integration, healing and transformation. For me, this is Emotional Productivity.
Thank you for your understanding. I’ll let you know when I am back and ready to pour again.
Please take care of yourself.
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