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“Be gentle with yourself.” 🤗 ~Morgan Harper Nichols

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“Be gentle with yourself.” 🤗 ~Morgan Harper Nichols
By Jessica L. Williams • Issue #269 • View online
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Last week, I shared that I was feeling overwhelmed and how my mental health wasn’t the best.
I’m not sure it has gotten better this week. It’s still been a difficult time, but I’m putting one foot in front of the other and continuing to move forward. And in the midst of it all, there is lots of encouragement to keep going and that things will get better. Along with help coming from unexpected places (looking at you, Andrew and Alice!)
I keep seeing messages from the universe to be gentle with myself. And it reminded me of something I heard Kendra Adachi (aka The Lazy Genius) talk about previously - how sometimes you’re in a season where you’re in the water. And during those times, it’s important to say, “Hey, you know what? I’m in the water. I don’t have to try to get out of it. That’s just the season that I’m in.”
During that season, it’s essential to identify your life jackets, those things that will help you during this overwhelming time. Right now, mine are:
  • 🥰 You - I appreciate the support, hugs, and sharing of your own stories.
  • 💃🏽 Dance - if I can get to dance class at least once a week, it just helps me feel so much better.
  • 😮‍💨 Breathwork - taking breaks and doing some belly breathing helps me feel more centered.
  • 🍹 Tequila - Sometimes, you need a shot with lime to take the edge off.
What are your life jackets?  
Be gentle with yourself if you are dealing with your own overwhelming, challenging mental health moments. You may be in the water right now, which is OK. Your mission then is to identify those things that can keep you afloat during this time.
I’ll leave you with part of Morgan’s poem that inspired this week’s subject line:
“Be gentle when you are
putting a smile on your face and on the inside,
and you do not know how you actually feel.
Lean into grace that reminds you:
there is no shame if it takes time to work through this.
There is still time to heal. “
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