This MMM is a fresh repeat from just March of this year. I have found myself still in need of the reminder that it is okay to not be okay. When I first wrote this in March, I had no idea that I might feel the same way at the first of November, yet here we are eight months later and still in the middle of a pandemic. Take the time to remind yourself and your love ones of the challenging times that we are facing, and that the frustration and overwhelming feelings we may have are acceptable and maybe even necessary to help us get through these times.
It is okay to not be okay. These are crazy challenging times. You would be unique if you were perfectly fine. Our lives, families, businesses and finances are all being impacted by this virus. We are in uncharted territory and none of us really know how we are supposed to handle this. We need to instill hope for our families, employees and organizations. We know it is important to continue to lead. We will get through this!
It is okay to not be okay. Don’t fret if you feel worried. Who isn’t somewhat depressed? I know I feel overwhelmed. Business owners are facing tough decisions. Uncertainty is prevalent and none of this is comfortable. It is okay to be frustrated, even angry, by these feelings. You have permission to breakdown occasionally. A good cry might be a healthy thing. However, you can’t let it overtake you. Yes, we need to be strong for our kids, but we don’t have to be strong 100% of the time. Crawling in a deep dark hole is not an option. We need to be realistic without constantly succumbing to the negativity. Acknowledge your feelings; respect the challenge you are facing and get back at it. Don’t let the negativity overwhelm you.
It is okay to not be okay.