Right now, the world is going through a rough patch.
Most people I know are exhausted. Not just tired, but drained of energy.
Even if you’re not constantly scrolling social media or watching the news like a hawk, unless you’re living off the grid, it’s impossible to avoid the energy of what is happening around the world.
If it’s not impacting you personally, it’s likely prominent for people you work with, or who you interact with on a regular basis.
It’s hard to escape it.
Of course that’s not the only thing happening.
It’s normal to have days — even weeks — when we feel ”off,” when we’re not at our best.
For people who are highly attuned to the energy of the field, this can weigh heavy.
The Old Paradigm
It’s natural in times like this that you’ll have an off day. You won’t perform at your best.
When (not if) this happens, how you choose to respond to yourself makes a lot of difference in how long the condition lasts.
You can berate yourself for your failings, for your weakness in being unable to push aside the distractions. You can admonish yourself to do better. You can speak harshly and punish yourself. You can attempt to shame yourself into doing better.
That’s the old paradigm: shame and criticism as a way to motivate. Some of us are so conditioned to that method that we believe it works.
Shaming shuts you down. It makes it harder to change.
Human beings are complex systems of systems; our bodies, minds, and emotions are inextricably linked.
A glitch in one area will impact the whole system.
Emotional fatigue and mental fatigue are both fatigue, just as real as physical fatigue.
The New Paradigm: 7 Things to Do When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed By The World Situation
Instead of berating yourself, try giving yourself some grace.
Whether you’re going through a rough patch personally or simply feeling overwhelmed and exhausted by what’s going on in the world, here are five steps you can take to give yourself some grace on a rough day:
- Stay off the internet and social media. Keep yourself away from the news.
- Acknowledge where you are and what’s going on in your life.
- *Allow yourself to feel whatever you’re feeling.*This will clear out the energy that feels stuck and is draining you.
- *Get plenty of rest.*Take a nap if you need to. Even in the middle of the day.
- Focus on what you can do with the energy you have. Lighten your load. Defer what isn’t essential. Limit your commitments.
- Find the positive moments in your day and celebrate the whatever wins you can find. Celebrating even the smallest wins help us build positive momentum that will eventually motivate.
- Create something. A poem. A video. A small post-it drawing. Make a cup of tea. It doesn’t have to be big or take a long time. The simple act of creating something helps us reconnect with our true essence.