Are you feeling like things are more of a slog these days? Even more than they were a week or two ago?
If so, you’re not alone. Many of my clients and colleagues feel it’s taking longer to make decisions, longer for tasks to get done, and projects are moving slowly, if at all. They find this happening in both their personal and professional lives.
Between COVID cases skyrocketing and the continuing uncertainty following the election, the whole country (world?) is off kilter.
But there’s a Minnesota twist.
We had early snow this year. The weekend before last, it was 75 degrees. Last weekend was snowy, windy and grey. It’s sinking in that winter is coming. Our opportunities to move about freely and socialize outdoors (observing proper distancing) have dramatically decreased. On some level, many of us are in a new state of mourning and retreat as we let go of the (albeit limited) freedom of this past summer into the harshness and isolation of this winter.
Helps knowing you’re not alone
Many I speak with say they feel better just recognizing that there’s a reason for the slog they’re feeling and they’re not alone.
Other suggestions to try:
- Exercise – take a walk in the brisk sunshine
- Eat healthy
- Get a good night’s sleep
- Breathe / meditate
- Connect with people who make you feel good
- Do things that make you happy – reading, puzzles, music, sitcoms, making art – whatever you enjoy
- Be gentle with yourself!
If you find you still need more support, do reach out to a health care / mental health care provider for help.
And of course, please reach out to me if you’re trying to keep professional projects moving forward – whether trying to figure out a new career or trying to feel more engaged or successful in your current role. My appointments are done virtually these days, and you can contact me via phone or email to schedule or ask questions.
As far as slog, we can do this. We’ve been doing it for months. Now we’re just doing it with boots and gloves. May slow us down, but we’ll get there.