5 Gentle Reminders for When Life Goes Wonky
**Hello Couragemakers! I am so happy to be back after a pretty long break - a lot longer than I expected. A lot of things have happened during my time away which I won’t bog you down with, but let’s just say that it’s been a pretty ugly couple of months, which involved losing someone close to me, a health scare and trying to find a new normal.**
Sometimes life throws you things you could never have predicted and things can get pretty shitty. While my next post is going to be all about practical things you can do when life’s going wonky, for now, I want to share the things that have really helped me during tough times.
They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade - but no matter what beautiful Pinterest quote may try to convince you otherwise, sometimes it’s just not possible.
So instead of faux positivity and making yourself feel shit about feeling shit, I’ve put together some reminders for you to come back to when life is hurling lemons at you like it’s the Olympics. (Printable below!)
1. You are allowed time and space and most people will respect that. Sometimes you need to find a way to carve it out, but remember that little moments count too.
2. It’s okay to feel whatever you’re feeling. Try not to judge yourself on how you’re feeling - feeling shit about feeling shit just doesn’t help.
3. You can grieve a lot of things. You can grieve over losing someone you loved, grieve over what you thought your life would be, grieve over periods of your life and grieve over breaking up with a friend. Grief is complicated, and we don’t all experience it the same. Your experience will be as unique as your fingerprint, and that’s okay.
4.You don’t have to pretend that everything’s okay. Try peeling your mask off bit by bit to for people who love and support you and let them help, because they want to help. Asking for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign of great strength.
5. How you’re feeling right now is temporary. One day soon this will be a memory.
Those reminders might be all you need and the only things you can take in right now. If that’s the case, here’s a quick printable to put somewhere you see often.
If you know someone who's going through a hard time right now, this might just be what they need to hear, so feel free to pass this on.
I’ll see you back in a couple of days for some practical ways of dealing with life’s lemons.
In the meantime, I'd love to know what has helped you during hard times.