It is nearing midterms at the university where I work and I’ve had a few students come talk to me about how stressed they are. It’s usually not just one thing that is stressing you out–it’s everything.
The other day, I was talking to a student and things were just so overwhelming for her. So, I told her something something a dear friend said a long time ago.
“It’s OK to feel what you are feeling right now.”
How profound, right? It’s okay to feel.
Sometimes people need to hear that how they feel is OK, not that it’s all going to be OK.
How many times do we devalue how we feel, which only compounds the negativity and makes things worse? How many times do we tell ourselves that what we are feeling is stupid and to stop feeling it and be stronger? If we just let the feelings come, deal with them, and let them go, things get better a whole lot sooner.
Hey, it’s okay to take some time for yourself and feel angry, sad, or even a little sorry for yourself. Sometimes we are just too hard on ourselves and need to take a minute to . . . just let it happen.
So, maybe take a moment to feel those feelers, cry, vent to someone close, or hug your pet. Just get it out. Then make a pot of peppermint tea and breathe . . .