25 Jan Be Kind.
This quote resonates with me as I reflect on the past year.
In the spirit of the Bell Let’s Talk campaign, I wanted to share something truly personal.
I was on an incredible high during the first part of 2016 launching a new business, meeting new people and feeling on top of my game. A bit like Olivia Pope, minus the scandal. This was in addition to regular life, dealing with a few kid-related issues, and helping a family member cope with a long-term health issue.
The frenzied pace eventually took its toll, and I hit a wall. For five months, I battled low energy (both mental and physical), self-doubt and weight gain. I wanted to run away from the world. Plastering on a smile and saying “I’m fine” was exhausting. What got me out of bed each morning was knowing my kids were counting on me. Ironic, isn’t it? Struggling while trying to build a business around health promotion.
I didn’t share this struggle with many people as I’m a fairly private person. Also, I didn’t want to add to anyone’s burden. I’m sharing this now so if you’re going through a hard time, know that you’re not alone. People’s exteriors don’t always match how they’re feeling inside.
Thankfully I managed to climb out of that rut by:
- Staying off social media (mostly). After all, someone’s highlight reel, is just that, picture perfect moments in time.
- Forcing myself to go out and meet up with people. One my friends was quite insistent in meeting me for tea.
- Learning about coping strategies.
- Leaving the city and being out in nature.
- Taking up a yoga class.
So let’s make a commitment to be kind to everyone, as much as possible. Because we don’t know what battles they’re fighting. And if you’re feeling overwhelmed, let’s talk. And go for tea.