“Settling In… to Me” by Dorcas Austin
It’s okay to do less when you are coping with more.
Can you believe we are already in week five of the quarantine!? OK, the first four weeks was a piece of cake. I don’t know how I got through it so easy. Maybe I was in a state of shock, but I quickly implemented all these routines that made it enjoyable. Everyone was talking about all the stuff they were binge watching. I wasn’t binge watching anything cause frankly I didn’t have time. I was busy chatting with family and friends. I was taking daily walks around my neighborhood. I was getting acquainted with my new role as a virtual therapist and loving it!
But something last week shifted. I spent a whole day going back and forth to the refrigerator looking for something to eat – that’s never good! I wasn’t looking forward to the phone calls, video chats or any of it. My activities weren’t doing it for me anymore. What was this about? Maybe I had indulged in too much sugar. Maybe I drank too little water. Or maybe I was just settling into what’s really going on. Whatever it was, last week I binge watched two TV shows. I headed to bed early and got a few extra hours of sleep. I journaled and sat in silence. Today, I’m soothing myself with hot water, lemon and ginger. And I’ve decided to allow myself to feel whatever I’m feeling.
Why do we avoid our feelings when feeling is part of life? Whenever we feel happy, sad, frustrated, or simply “over it,” it’s all part of life. Today, I will allow myself to feel how I feel and won’t judge it. Won’t you join me?
Dorcas is a licensed therapist and a member of the One Love Choir at Oneness.
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