We are being pummeled right now. Pummeled by the news, our lack of control over our work, the possibility of infection, our finances, the laws that bind us, the money that may or may not be coming our way, by staying home, or by going out and being judged. It feels like it’s coming from every direction.
Because of all we are dealing with, we are being pummeled even more by our own reactions, feelings, and emotions. We hate not being in control. We strive for control in everything we do as individuals and in all of our systems. What are systems but an attempt to categorize and control the uncontrollable? Our emotions are going haywire. Stress, panic, fear, sadness, grief, isolation. You may say you don’t feel those, but notice–how much energy do you have? How much are you drinking, eating sugar, overeating, under-eating, bingeing on anything? How is your sleep, your dreams? Are you procrastinating, or finding it impossible to sit still? All of these are natural ways that humans try to deal with uncomfortable emotions. We don’t like to feel “bad,” meaning sad, angry, grieving, or scared. So, naturally, we show these emotions in different ways, or repress them.
So I suggest a way through: Let it flow. For a few minutes a day, let the emotions in your body through. Cry, or stomp, or run, or throw. It’s healthier for your heart, your tummy, and your soul.
Give yourself permission to feel, and to be with it. See what it’s like to not run away. Then notice how you feel the rest of the day. If you’ve been super busy, do you find yourself slowing down a bit? If you’ve been sitting like a lump, are you able to get up and do something productive? The proof is in the pudding, as they say: What you put in is what you get out. Try it. It can’t hurt. It might even help.