Important: Mental Health Check

Deep breath in. Deep breath out. We’ve got this.

It feels like every peer and co-worker I’ve spoken to candidly about mental health lately is feeling stressed, overwhelmed, and burnt out. It’s been creeping in on me too.

I know it’s a lot right now. You’ve got so much on your plate. And you feel like you’re just adding more plates. That new project, that new responsibility, that new role, that new commitment… it’s all so much. You don’t know how you’re going to do it.

Or maybe you don’t feel like you’re doing enough. 2020 has left you in a spiral of feeling simultaneously bored and exhausted. You look back at your year and you feel like you haven’t done anything. It takes everything you have just to get out of bed or take a shower or eat something remotely healthy. The things that used to give you energy just… don’t anymore. You don’t know how you’re going to get back on track.

No matter which one you’ve felt recently, or that you’re feeling now, it’s okay. No, I’m not here fix it. Today, I’m just going to tell you an important truth: your feelings are valid. Give yourself some room. Breathe. It’s okay. What you’re feeling is completely understandable.

I mean, think about everything we’ve been through this year. Between a global pandemic, social and political unrest, and what seems like bad news after worse news after worse… cut yourself some slack. I don’t even know what personal things you’re going through on top of it, but whatever it is, I know that everything plus that… well, the way you feel is more than valid.

You don’t have to change it right now. You can just take this moment to feel (likely for the first time) what you’re feeling fully.

And, when you’re ready, I’m just going to put this here. A little bit does wonders to help prevent me from being in that state for a prolonged period of time. Try not to let yourself stay there for longer than it takes to truly feel it through. The world needs you and the value you have to provide. We need you back on your A game soon. You don’t have to rush. But maybe just do something small today. Can you promise me that?

❤ Alicia

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