This week I had to put aside many “shoulds”. Life felt too overwhelming, yet not overwhelming at all.
All the typical stuff from this time of year occurred. But my reactions were different. My mind felt different. My body felt different.
The body memories were intense, but not painful.
The flashbacks and nightmares felt scary, but did not fade back into amnesia like they normally did. I woke up remembering why my body was paralyzed with fear or shaking with adrenaline.
ALL PARTS OF ME had to step back and act like scientists. Yes scientists.
Observe from a distance. Use logic to find a way into our tool box. Analyze our symptoms – anxiety, depression, anger management, emotional overload, numbness, etc. Figure out what coping strategies and techniques to try next.
I should feel this way but I’m not.
I should do this even though it feels wrong.
I should not react this way; it’s not “normal”.
I should not use this strategy because ____
THROW OUT THE SHOULDS or SHOULD NOTS….
and let my authentic self with natural/instinctive reactions and choices for effective coping strategies take charge
Maybe this will help you remember to give yourself space too.
Thanks for reading.