Dear readers hope your Sunday started with the smell of freshly brewed coffee or adrak-wali chai (ginger tea). I wanted to write about this feeling of “distant” that I have been feeling lately. After speaking to a few of my loved ones, I realized, it’s not just me. To be honest, a few years ago I was the one who believed that mental health is just a phase. For anyone, who has not experienced any sort of mental stress is like a rare gem in the times like now. There is a huge difference between mental stress and depression/anxiety. However, we can’t deny that stress can be an onslaught of what’s coming next, if not paid attention to.
This blog will nowhere share any advice or tips on how to cope up with this emotion, on the contrary, would focus on how it is affecting the life of an individual who is writing it.
The tips and advice bit, I will leave it for the experts and people who can actually help you out.
The pandemic and its after-effects will be imprinted in our life for many years to come. It’s a fact. Lot has changed and we all are coping with it in our own way. Mental stress is not a thing of a taboo anymore in our life. However, we are still far away from accepting the reality of its effects on us.
What was the major change in your life?
For me, being distant became a reality. I ended up overthinking every decision of my life. Too much time in hand also helped in this and my brain went on overthinking mode. Although, it gave me an opportunity to be really close to the people who are living under the same roof it also resulted in being distant from every other human who was part of my life. I stopped talking to people over the call. Somehow, phone has started to give me anxiety. Pregnancy hormones are not making it any easy too.
I can also see a major difference in my five-year-old’s behavior. She has stopped asking to go out or meet new people. She gets overwhelmed and I can see her being uncomfortable even in the park.
What changes I have made in my life to overcome mental stress?
Being distant came with other challenges and I don’t know if I will ever be able to let go of all that is attached to it. Now, that things are a bit normal (not that it will ever be as normal as before) I am not ready to be involved in the indulgence of life. Here are a few changes that I have intentionally brought in my day today life:
- Being present in the moment: It is easier said then done. Our mind is usually flooded with thoughts and planning for the next moment. I am trying to live in the moment. Celebrating small things in life. A good cup of tea or a really good book. The smile on my little ones face or holding hands with my better half.
- Take a break: Social media unknowingly started to give me anxiety and mental stress. I heard an interview somewhere of a celebrity, she said “It is really difficult to earn money however, it is even more difficult to say no to the money and priorties our mental peace”. I decided to take a break.
- Picked up an old hobby: Amidst running for the day to day chores, I lost myself. Finding the time for my own self became a task. Then on one random day, I decided to pick the painting brush again. Now, me and my little one enjoy this painting time the most.
- Started welcoming people back in life: As mentioned before in the blog the disonnected with the outer world and it made me distant from the people who loved me. I picked up the phone and pushed myself to speak to those who genuinely missed me.
Thank God for these social platforms, it provides us a way to express our thoughts out in open and helps in finding the tribe who might resonate with it to heal together ❤️
This post is a part of Blogchatter Half Marathon.
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