Working for the NHS we have kept going throughout this pandemic. We haven’t been furloughed or had are work load reduced. When we look around we might see friends who now have the time to develop new hobbies or finish outstanding DIY jobs, friends who now work out daily or have built up to running 5km a day. This can make us feel inadequate or frustrated with ourselves. We place more pressure on ourselves and feel like we should do more. This might mean that in our time off we cram in as much as we can keep up or so we feel like we aren’t missing out.
At a time when we are working harder than ever, facing more challenges and finding ourselves under increasing stress we must remember to be kind to ourselves.
Remember that it’s ok to do nothing. It’s ok to come home, sit and enjoy the silence. It’s ok to sit down and re-watch old movies we love. We are not failing by not doing anything, in fact we are doing more by allowing ourselves to relax.
Definitely try to get outside, exercise, meditate if that’s what you like, but don’t put too much pressure on yourself and don’t beat yourself up if some days you don’t want to do anything. Try to be left self critical and more self compassionate.