It’s Okay to Be Okay

The last few weeks have been interesting, to say the least. We’ve been forced to take a look at our lives and evaluate where we’re at. We’ve been learning what makes us truly joyful, anxious, annoyed, fearful – really getting to know ourselves on a deeper level and learning what we’re made of. We’ve all reacted to this situation with different emotions, and that’s okay. There’s no right way to feel right now, no textbook for how to handle situations like these, and we all process things in our own way. It’s absolutely okay to feel scared and overwhelmed, but it’s also okay if you’re feeling good. 

It almost feels a little shameful to actually enjoy this time when so many others are struggling, but why? It doesn’t mean that you don’t still hurt for those affected. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad person, and it doesn’t mean that you’re not doing your part in all of this. The fact that you can find good despite all the bad is beautiful.  Spending quality time with your family who usually lives on completely different schedules is a gift, and it’s ok to feel so much love that you want to burst! The extra rest and self-care you’ve given yourself during the time you normally spend commuting and networking is well deserved, and you should enjoy it while you can! Spending your spare time on a super fun side project that is secretly your dream job is awesome and could potentially launch you into a new career someday!  We shouldn’t take these things for granted, but the world needs positivity right now, and your personal experience may just help make someone else’s day a little brighter.

I feel incredibly lucky to have found yoga when I did. The teachings didn’t sink in overnight, and it has taken a lot of practice to try to see the good in any situation.  I’m a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and we all have our own personal lessons to learn from this crisis. While that may be easy for me to say knowing that my own family is safe and without having any children to support, I do believe that, with time, we can all learn to find a silver lining somewhere and turn lemons into lemonade. Just start by trying to recall something amazing that has happened in the past two weeks amid the chaos, no matter how big or small. Next time you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed, try to remember that one positive thing instead of letting the negative thoughts take over.  Now is also a great time to start a gratitude journal. Either first thing in the morning or last thing before you go to bed, write down three to five things you’re grateful for. They can even be simple things like having your morning coffee, the fact that you don’t have to get dressed today or that your kids unloaded the dishwasher for you. Our brains are wired to go straight to the negative, but the more we train it to focus on the positive, the easier it gets. 

In times of darkness, there is the most potential to let the light come through. We learn to appreciate even the smallest things, some that maybe we didn’t even notice before. While it may get darker yet, the light has been shining through the cracks since day one – people sewing hundreds of surgical masks to donate to hospitals, local restaurants sending their take-out income to their staff who can no longer work, and strangers putting bears and rainbows in their windows so that kids can get outside for a scavenger hunt.  We’ve come together so beautifully to support each other, and that is the real call to action here. We’ve all been answering, whether you’re on the front lines tending to the sick, supporting local businesses or just staying home to protect our most vulnerable. If you’re struggling, reach out! We’re all in this together, and I’d love to chat with any one of you. Keep up your virtual happy hours, your streaming fitness classes and the board games with the kids. Keep finding connection in any way you can, and soon enough we’ll be giving real hugs again.  Until then, virtual x’s and o’s.

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