It is true that there has been an explosion of anxiety related issues and emotional instability for many pre Covid-19 and a rapid escalation of these types of worries post pandemic. This is universal for those employed in caring for others and mental health services.
Understanding our feelings and where they come from, while at the same time learning the best ways to express our feelings without hurting ourselves and others is essential. This emotional awareness and intelligence is so important that children have guides for allowing safe and creative expression of their feelings. Feelings are a part of what makes us human. We Think, we Feel, we Act! Feelings are a response to a thought so shifting a negative feeling to a positive one starts with changing our thinking.
Note to self:
When things feel overwhelming, remember:
- One thought at a time
- One task at a time
- One day at a time
Strategies to show yourself some love
- Do the basics: breathe, drink water, exercise, laugh, cry, sing, talk, listen, hug
- Give yourself permission to feel all the feelings. And pay attention to what your feelings are telling you what you need.
- Trust your brave, wise voice within.
- Stop scrolling, unplug, and be present
- Practice self-compassion over seeking perfection, and self-forgiveness over self-judgement.
Should you have any concerns, please contact School Counselor Ken at firstname.lastname@example.org