Listen. I get it. We might have really enjoyed our time being home at the beginning, but now that we are weeks in... maybe its becoming more difficult to get the motivation to do anything. I will go ahead and include myself in that equation. At the beginning of staying home, I had all of the energy to do all of the things I always wished I had time to do. I was reading, going for walks, taking naps, catching up with friends and catching up on all of the Netflix shows and movies everyone told me I just had to watch. Weeks in and I've read two books, taken plenty of naps, gone on so many walks and have had all of the catching up with my friends and family...
There is no "end date" and although my brain would love to have that magical date to at least know when this is coming to an end, we don't have that. So what can we do?
First, we can acknowledge what we feel in this exact moment.
Identify those feelings.
Is it anxiety or irritability or is it fear and confusion? Whatever feelings you are experiencing, be aware of them and accept them because we are allowed to feel all of those things. After correctly identifying how it is
that we are feeling, we can move on to showing gratitude for where we are, who we are with and what we are able to do. It can be a very easy thing to pick at all of the things going wrong, how bored you are, how much you miss your friends and just being out... but let's remember to show appreciation for the things we do have. This is a great time to write a list of all of the things you are grateful for to serve as a reminder of all the good that is surrounding us.
Taking this moment to understand that all of your emotions are valid and accepting them, we can push it a bit further in remembering once more what we do have, as opposed to focusing on the negative. This will hopefully bring some peace to you. I invite you to practice this exercise in identifying what you are feeling and taking a moment to write them down as well as writing down some good things that are going on in your life anytime you feel as though you are losing control.
When we get in the habit of properly identifying the emotions we are feeling, we no longer spend so much time wondering why we are feeling a certain way and can then focus on switching our negative mindsets onto a more positive way of looking at our current situation. This is not an easy task, but practice makes for a great lesson.
I hope you enjoy the rest of this week and remember that you are not alone,
Miss López is here!