Are you feeling sad?
The clients I’m working with are mostly talking about feeling sad. Sadness has its own challenges because it often brings up sad memories from the past. And often the sadness from our past gets mixed in with sadness we feel in the present. Sometimes in an effort to not feel sad, we might do things to avoid feeling, including being pessimistic or harshly self critical.
Remember, sadness is temporary and the result of a specific moment or experience. For all of the difficult things we can associate with sadness, it is important to know that sadness can also inspire us to reach out to others, and convey to them we are in pain and need comfort.
Interestingly, sadness enables us to approach those who are most likely to provide comfort and help us through difficult moments. This act of reaching out and asking for help can help you more effectively feel and move through the sadness you are going through, so that you can be better equipped to deal with this feeling in the future.
Remember, too, physical distancing should not prevent social connection. While we may be encouraged to continue sheltering in place, wear masks in public, and stay six feet apart, please remember that our greatest strengths in life can be found in the presence of others.
If you can, keep smiling underneath your mask, say hello to your neighbors, and reach out to others to ask for help as needed.
This weeks action step:
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Sending my best,
Dr. Joan Rosenberg
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