By: Kathryn Jackson
I don’t know about you, but my mental health took quite a hit this year. When we look back at 2020 and the beginning of 2021, we shouldn’t forget that the entire world has experienced a collective trauma (and is still experiencing it today). When my mental capacity feels significantly smaller than it has in past years, I remember what this the last year of my life brought:
- Constant fear of my children, my senior relatives, myself or my husband contracting the virus
- Working and schooling from home
- Lack of access to the outside world
- The loss of two dear friends
- And finally, before vaccines were approved, a lack of hope for the future
Part of me believed that when we could plan trips again, or when we could have friends over for dinner, or when I could go to the grocery store without fear it could lead to losing a family member or friend, my mind would bounce right back to the way it was before.
But I want you to say it with me: we do not have to bounce back from this.
We don’t have to lose our “COVID weight” to be acceptable to the world. We don’t have to go to parties and stay all evening. We don’t have to stretch ourselves farther than we can go right now.
As I write this, I want to tell you that I’ve figured out how to feel normal again, or how to let go of the fear of losing the ones I love, or how to create a to-do list and actually have the capacity for finishing every task, but I don’t.
MV Moms, my message to you is this: if you’re still struggling, that’s okay – that’s normal. For now, join me in doing what you can, with what you have. Let’s drink more water, move when we can, and trust a friend with these feelings.
No matter how you’re feeling in this season, I would love to hear more! Comment below to share your successes and struggles with us. This community is here for you.