Guess What? It's okay to have bad day during the pandemic! Honest!
Lately I've been looking at all the positive posts and tips and tricks on Instagram to help us manage our mental health and wellbeing during the pandemic. The posts that remind us to keep a routine, keep up our exercise, watch our diet. The ones that remind us to focus on the positives and be grateful for what we do have....
And before I go further I am 100% in agreeance with all of these self-help tools that we can put in our coolamons to support our wellbeing and mental health during the pandemic....but we also need to talk about the great big wombat in the room! The one that try as you might to make a routine, to exercise, to eat well says "hey sis, this is pretty crappy! I'm not feeling so good.....I really want to have a great big cry!" "Hey brutha I totally get you are pissed off you can't go to work....you want to cry and scream"
These responses are ALSO VALID! We are living through something that we don't have a map for, to be honest I am not even sure the compass is still working! So I'm giving you permission to have a BAD DAY! YEP A DAY WHERE YOU GO "F" the routine and stay in your PJ's all day, a day where you go nope can't homeschool today! It's important we allow ourselves to feel all the feels, We are experiencing something akin to grief and loss and grief and loss does not always have a rational narrative.
BUT and this is the BIG BUT ( I like big buts and I cannot lie...sorry bad 80's kid reference there!) the trick is not to stay sitting in the burrow with that wombat for too long otherwise you will end up with a cranky wombat and you womba.
We all have mental health, and I have spoken of this in podcasts and with clients, mental health doesn't just appear when we are unwell, or stressed or experi