Feeling Like Shit During the Pandemic
This one is going to be a bit different from most posts on this site. There will be no conceptual training talk. This is just about being a human as we go through this shitty time. And I think we have to acknowledge it is just that. Disclaimer: I am by no means a psychologist or pretend to play one on the internet. My background is purely physiology based, but I thought I would just offer my thoughts as a fellow human.
From a gym perspective we just found out that our opening date was pushed back yet again, and now we don't even have a scheduled date anymore. This was really hard for me, as part of what was getting me through what I thought was the end was knowing I would be able to go back to the gym in a short amount of time. But, that is no longer the case and I am not going to lie, this made me feel pretty terrible. I was in a very much depressive mood.
I say this because I know there are many other people out there feeling the same way. Being locked down inside your house is simply not good for humans. We are social animals. But, this rarely gets talked about on social media. We often see things that only tell us to stay positive. To find the silver lining in all of this. To look for the opportunities. Find a way to be productive. Etc, etc. While these thing can definitely be true, however, in a time like this when we are in a circumstance most of us have never experienced before, this attitude can be hard to call online. I also don't think most humans now a days do a great job at actually acknowledging their feelings. We are told to just feel better or to not talk about them at all.
Feelings, whether positive or negative are important. Your physiology is telling you something and we have to acknowledge that as opposed to shoving it to the side. The entire point of me writing this today is to only tell you that is okay to feel like shit. I know I have finally reached the last bit of my patience. I feel like I've been keeping the good fight for most of this quarantine, but after hearing the gym opening was pushed back yet again, it was very hard. I feel better now, but I fully recognize that this time is terrible and I wish it would just go away.
Most of our negative thoughts and feelings tend to linger around because we don't know how to experience them. We try to act like they aren't there or we just continue to think about the things that are causing us to feel crappy. We should learn how to just feel crappy. I feel crappy right now. I know a lot of other people are too. I hope you can take something away from this and know it is okay to feel crappy. Go feel crappy today folks.