Updated: Mar 30
Life can be overwhelming.
I know this is something I talk about a lot, but that's because this is a never ending subject in today's age. There's been a ton of things happening, and I know a lot of people are feeling strong emotions all at once. But on top of that, there's the expectation to continue on like nothing has changed. Wake up, get out of bed, keep going to work or school--all that stuff.
It can be exhausting, especially when you feel like you can't take a break. When you feel like you don't have the time or luxury to take a break.
But not taking a break only delays the inevitable. When you don't stop and take a moment to process your feelings, you can experience burnout, anxiety, depression or other signs of just being completely overwhelmed with life.
Between the unspoken pressure to keep it together (whether that's from an external or internal voice) and the constant bombardment of negative information we get nowadays, it's so stupid tiring to pretend that it's business as usual. Because it's not.
The past few years have been a lot, and I know a ton of people are feeling like everyday brings more history altering news on top of the ones they're dealing with in their own personal lives. And when you function in that environment without any chances to take a break or tune out of the doom and gloom of life for even just a second, it's just going to overwhelm you.
People weren't created to keep going completely unaffected 24/7.
Speaking from personal experience, pushing through all your feelings and problems will only get you so far before you collapse, either physically or emotionally. And that doesn't make you weak or lazy or whatever you're afraid taking a break will mean. It just means you love yourself enough to take care of yourself.
We were made to take rests. In the Bible, God Himself rested on the seventh day, so why do we always think we can function without rest? Whether you're religious or not, just know it's okay to give yourself permission to hit snooze. To take a day off from work and the news or whatever it is.
And when you are overwhelmed, don't let anyone tell you your feelings are wrong. We all process things differently, and that's more than okay. Just because your way of processing hardships looks different from someone else's doesn't make either one any less valid.
Being a human is hard and tough and sometimes it can suck. It can make you want to cry and scream or curl up in a ball and hide.
But it also has good moments. Loving moments. Moments that make the tears and anger and pain hard.
So love yourself. Love others and do not judge them for reacting to things you may not understand. And take a moment to step out when you need to.
Give yourself the space to breathe.
Love y'all <3