My Soul is Tired
#68 It's All Too Much!
Have you ever felt that way? I hadn’t - there was always hope for the future - a plan in the works - until recently.
My life is good. I am healthy, have a loving family, am financially stable, and have a life purpose. However, the past few weeks were a struggle. My coping methods failed.
My husband’s dementia and death, and living on my own were stressful. Pandemic concerns, ongoing discord in our country, and the Ukraine war added to the stress. Two weeks ago, ten more people were killed for no good reason. But I managed.
The “straw that broke the camel’s back” was the slaughter of 19 elementary school children and two teachers. . . and now the story of law enforcement’s response. I was devastated.
In trying to understand my despair, this explanation from The Elephant Journal website insightful.
Even though our soul is not visible, it is as important as the vessel that contains it. So, prioritizing soul healing is as important as prioritizing body damage. When we’ve gone through periods of extreme emotional or mental stress, our souls can go into temporary deep rest, which can feel similar to the symptoms associated with being depressed.
As much as we may try to lift ourselves out of it by thinking positively or attempting to shift our state by forcing ourselves to become more physically energetic, we will likely still feel vibrationally low.
After reading those words, I thought - maybe that’s what happened - my soul is tired. That’s why I feel overwhelmed and drained - why I want to withdraw, crawl in bed, cover my head, and never leave.
I don’t know how to heal my soul right now.
One website says stay present, focus on little things, outsource your strength, talk about it, and set new goals. Talking about my feelings seems to intensify them.
The article, 5 Easy Tips for When Your Soul Is Tired, suggests moving, meditating, deep breathing, music, nature, and grounding. I exercise and walk daily; that isn’t enough.
The Lorensworld website says
Meditation is a great way to clear energy blockages, reflect, and find inner peace.
Do whatever it takes to love yourself. If you don’t feel happy in yourself, you’ll never be free of the heavy, negative energy a lack of self-love creates.
Your words hold power. Practice positive daily affirmations until you believe your words.
Detach from any toxic relationships that are draining your energy supplies.
Inner peace missing in action right now. Maybe, I am watching too much television, focusing on how bad things are, or feeling sorry for myself.
I went for a walk in the woods yesterday - it was quiet and peaceful - a chance to identify several reminders.
Issues causing the weariness are things I have little control over, such as politics or the war in Ukraine. However, I can write about climate change and gun control.
Get outside more and allow nature to heal.
Find the positives in situations, and focus on what I can do - now.
Stop watching the news. It adds to the tiredness.
Keep busy with energizing projects - my art, a garden, and cooking.
My soul has trouble focusing on aging well right now. It needs a booster shot. Maybe those five reminders are steps in a better direction.
My new plan is to share links to articles that were meaningful to me. Enjoy!