Overwhelm and Emotional Resilience
"...our problems are unworkable when we’re overwhelmed with fear, sadness, or disorganized thinking. Avoidance is good if it helps us regain perspective..."
This reminds me that during times of overwhelm, I am incapable of accessing my toolbox of self-care and resilience skills to overcome the overwhelm! This is when I need to be most kind to myself; that may involve doing nothing at all! I have been hard on myself for so many years when I am not perfectly positive, happy, achieving, thin, active, etc. etc. However, with time and patience and realizing that "this is not going to last forever", I can move out of the overwhelm and start dealing, gaining my resilience back and access and use the tools I have learned and the ways I have taught myself.
Unless you have lived this kind of overwhelm, it can be hard to understand. Some say: be more positive, exercise, eat healthy. See above, because that advice is unhelpful and uncompassionate-- we know what we need to do !--we know what to do to help ourselves, we just have to be able to get to the point where we can take action again. Ultimately, it's learning how we can be most kind and compassionate to ourselves.
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