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Are you feeling guilty?

April 22, 2020 by Comments

I hear a lot of people express guilt over not being able to move as fast they usually do, or of just wanting to rest, of not wanting to work as hard as they usually do, of not being able to get up and go, as they usually do.

 Guilt that they are not the person they used to be as they experience this inconceivable experience, and that they’re just not sure what to do, or not doing enough to make sure that they can come out of this experience on top of their game.

I’m feeling a lot of that too! And it’s confusing the hell out of me.

I was kinda wishing I was a bear these past couple of months – just wanting to go into hibernation.

That’s when I realized that I believe that as a global community we are all in SHOCK.  A collective shock that is so friggin’ big it’s hard to conceive or digest.

And that it’s more important, now more than ever, to give ourselves a break as we manage and navigate through this “beyond our logical comprehesion” shock situation.

Here are some signs of emotional shock that I came upon in the article “7 Warning Signs You Are Suffering From Emotional Shock” that helped me clarify this feeling that I was having trouble identifying on a global scale. I certainly can relate to many, can you?

1. YOU FEEL AFRAID.
Something has happened that you didn’t expect, weren’t prepared for,  and couldn’t prevent happening. Suddenly, life feels dangerous and unpredictable.

2. YOU CANNOT THINK STRAIGHT.
You might feel as if your brain has turned to mush, or you have ‘brain fog‘. Life might even feel unreal, as if you are disconnected and floating slightly outside of your body, watching yourself carry on doing things.

3. YOU ARE EXPERIENCING PHYSICAL SIDE EFFECTS.
When your brain decides that there is ‘danger’ around, it triggers the primal ‘fight, flight, or flight’ response. This sends a cocktail of chemicals and hormones through your body that can manifest as things like a racing heartbeat, muscle tension, headaches, stomach upset, and random aches and pains.

4. YOU FEEL STRANGELY EXHAUSTED.
Sleep is often affected when we experience stressful things. Insomnia is common. Although for some people stress makes them sleep more than ever, even if perhaps it is a disturbed sleep, full of dreams.

5. YOU ARE ALL OVER THE PLACE.
When the mind is struggling to make sense of a difficult situation? It doesn’t leave much headspace to deal with everything else that needs our attention. And the stress of a shock can make us illogical and emotional. In one moment we think, “I am bigger than this” and we feel powerful. In the next we are lost to victim thinking, feeling sorry for ourselves and crying.

6. YOU FEEL LIKE – AND ARE ACTING LIKE – SOMEONE ELSE ENTIRELY.
You could suffer a bit of a temporary personality change after a shock. If you are usually social, you might just want to be alone and hide out at home. Or if you are often the sort to take time out by yourself and be practical, you might find yourself going out every night, drinking when you usually don’t, or doing things like compulsive shopping.

7. THINGS JUST SEEM, WELL…. POINTLESS.
When something happens that leaves us deeply upset, life can temporarily lose its meaning. We can have negative thoughts like, ‘Why bother, when everything is just going to go wrong?”.

So how do we move through this shock?

I’m not an expert on this in any way shape or form.

But I do know that when I acknowledge exactly where I’m at, and have compassion for where I’m at, I can then start to find solutions to shifting out of the sucky and into the soulful.

Recognizing that we have collectively all taken a hit to the gut, and that we need time to recover emotionally, mentally and physically, can allow us to gracefully move forward with true loving kindness towards ourselves – without the guilt of not being or doing enough.

I’m saying, be kind to yourself if you’re not moving as fast or creating as much or feeling as inspired as you usually do. This is a time to be patient with yourself and others, however fast or slow, big or small, quiet or loud, you’re moving throughout your day.

Virtual hugs and virtual appreciation to all…:)

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Ali Skylar (203 Posts)

Ali Skylar’s mission is to use inspirational words, positive affirmations, mindfulness exercises and positive songs to help you learn how to change your life and have a true spiritual awakening! Ali uses her Shiftitudes -uniquely crafted self-affirmation acronyms - blog, books and courses to help keep you committed to your spiritual journey! Also, her Quotitudes – inspirational sayings, encouraging words and inspirational quotes about life - gently aid in helping you to achieve a positive mental attitude essential for personal growth and presence of mind. Chat with Ali on Google+ | Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest | YouTube


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