These are unprecedented times and of course it is feeling overwhelming. A therapist in the Bay Area, Lisa Olivera, LMFT, offers a soft reminder for us to consider —
“We (all of us) are currently going through a collective traumatic experience.
Trauma is often thought of as “too much, too fast”… which is exactly what’s happening.
Of course you’re exhausted.
Of course you’re afraid.
Of course you’re overwhelmed.
Of course you’re clinging to certainty in the midst of so much unknown.
Of course you aren’t as productive, feeling foggy, or wondering how you can possibly go through so many waves of emotions all in the same day.
This all makes so much sense in the context of our circumstances.
Be gentle with yourself. Have compassion for your process.
Give yourself grace.
You are good, no matter how you are managing this completely new experience.”