Expecting Too Much Of Ourselves

During this time of great change to our daily lives, I’ve had conversations with people about what they’ve been doing and how they’ve been coping. One thing that has come up on multiple occasions is the fear of not having done enough.

It’s true that we may not have this much obligatory “free” time again in the rest of our work lives, but that doesn’t mean we need to put too much pressure on ourselves to achieve lots of things. Opportunities are being presented, but we also need to take time to understand the confusion and uncertainty we’re experiencing. We don’t have to compare what we’ve achieved with people on social media – those who are sharing how much self-improvement they’re doing.

This is good and perhaps it’s helping them cope with the situation. But it’s up to the individual to decide what they feel they need to. Maybe there are things you can do, opportunities to create something or help someone. The arts help us to process emotions we can’t find the words for. Or maybe you need to reflect, rest and be kind to yourself and your body.

It’s up to us to decide. What will you do?