Our first week in isolation is done and dusted, and it’s been interesting, to say the least. I came down to Wanaka to stay with my Mum, but I’ve come highly unprepared for the feelings I’ve gone through. I guess being boxed in, in the middle of nowhere when I wasn’t feeling the best mentally was never going to come easily. When you take away all the distractions, life is confronting, isn’t it?
I’ve been thinking about mental health a lot lately, and how it’s okay to ride the highs and lows wave. I certainly do. The more important thing is to be in tune with your body and your feelings, avoiding triggers and taking moments for yourself when you need. I think the past month has taken such a toll because it feels like I’ve been giving so much mentally to other people only to never get a fraction of it in return. In general, spreading myself too thin. Very emotionally draining.
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NA-KD Platform Boots (Similar Here & Here)
It’s a very rare opportunity this mandatory isolation, so why not make the most of it? After only a week away from the “energy suckers” I know what I need to do when I get back to Auckland – take my time back. I give a lot of time because it feels like the cheapest currency. That’s because I never give myself enough credit or value. Coasting through the daily push and pull, instead of making myself a priority, means that I’m a step behind where I want to be in many areas of my life. My career, my savings and my life plan. If you’re giving 90% to other people that’s only 10% left for you to work with, in any given situation, after all.
For now, I’m going to focus on taking this time to create the habits I need to build a healthy mindset so I’m ready for the big return. From going for daily runs to eating healthy and doing things that benefit me, and only me. Reading books, watching movies, writing more and generally just giving my inner monologue a break. This is a once in a lifetime (hopefully) chance to have a break from the 24/7 world we’ve become accustomed to. If you feel a little overwhelmed as I have been, this is a moment you don’t want to waste. *Cue Lose Yourself by Eminem*
Take care of yourself and your loved ones during this time. In extraordinary circumstances you never know how people will react. Sometimes it brings out the best but more often it brings out the worst. When there’s no certainty to the future all we can do is help each other get through, day by day. Be a little kinder, love a little harder and breathe deep. Especially, for yourself.