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It’s Okay If You’re Not Okay

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Things are changing so fast and the world is all of a sudden a stressful, scary place. Some of you are in the thick of it, having to deal with long hours while putting your safety at risk for work, finding yourself suddenly without a job, or grieving the loss of friends and family. And others might be feeling profoundly grateful for being able to work from home, care for your families, and maybe find decent food at the grocery store. You might be going a little stir crazy, but now you have all this time on your hands to do things you don’t normally have time for like crafting, spring cleaning, and organizing all the things.

With all of this, it’s easy to see why some people are stressed out and not okay. But so many of us feel like we should be fine, but then are stuck wondering why we feel decidedly not okay? Instead of having excess energy to do all the things, we’re judging ourselves for struggling through the workday in a fog. We feel guilty answering “yes” when Netflix asks if we’re still watching. While we’re scrolling through Facebook looking for funny or wholesome memes to take our minds off things, we feel ashamed that when others suggest that if we can’t be productive in quarantine, we’ll never get that goal/project/task done. We’re here to tell you that that’s just not true.

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Dealing with Constant, Unnamed Stress

Stress can have a profound impact on the body, even if it’s not full-blown. It can be easy to point to specific events and say “that’s why I’m stressed”. But sometimes there’s not something specific to blame. Every day we’re bombarded with changing, uncertain, and sometimes truly terrifying information. First, it’s don’t wear a mask, now we have to wear a mask. First, it’s social distancing, then it’s a stay at home order. Meanwhile, we’re trapped at home, helpless to watch as everything changes.

We’ve essentially lost our normal. Maybe you’re not feeling as productive anymore. Or you’re feeling lonely and out of touch. On top of that, the news is always changing and rarely good. This can all contribute to a heightened level of stress and anxiety that is bubbling under the surface. While it might feel less tangible than the stress caused by more intense or traumatic circumstances, it can still leave you feeling like you’re in a fog. Some of the effects of this kind of stress and stimulation are that you might find yourself with mental fatigue, have a hard time concentrating, or feel overwhelmed by tasks you can normally do without a second thought.

How to Beat the Brain Fog

Ordinarily, if our mind is feeling sluggish, the answer is to try to perk up with something energizing or stimulating. Drink yet another cup of coffee, try some jumping jacks, do a brain teaser, and bust out the Lemon Essential Oil with hopes that something will snap you out of it. But these aren’t ordinary times and this isn’t ordinary stress. The constant stressors of life during this pandemic are taking their toll, albeit a more subtle one, on our mental wellbeing. The way to help ease mental fatigue and emotional distress might seem counterintuitive, but it’s more important than ever. It’s time to rest. Give yourself a chance to process all the new information and allow your mind to recover by doing some self-care, something a lot of us need a little more of right now.

Woman doing yoga, self-care in her living room

Rest & Relaxation for the Constantly Stressed Out

Self-care looks different for everyone, especially in a time like this. Overall, it is important to find activities that are calming and relaxing to the mind. Maybe it’s going for a walk by yourself with a favorite audiobook in your headphones, finding a yoga practice to do on Youtube, connecting with your BFF over video chat, or finally becoming one with the couch as you rewatch your favorite show and eat brownies.

Whatever it is, remember to take care of yourself. Give yourself time to relax and recover. Even if your day didn’t feel stressful, that doesn’t mean it hasn’t taken a toll on your mind and body. And if you do decide to tackle projects around the house, make sure to make goals in manageable chunks. Your mental space is precious right now, don’t let the thoughts of what you “should” be doing right now overload you.

Essential Oils for the Weary Soul

You didn’t think we could talk about self-care without mentioning some of our favorite essential oils, did you?! As you go about your day and find those things that help relax your mind and body, you can add essential oils to the mix to help bring a sense of calm and restoration. Here are a few of our favorites:

Each of these essential oils and blends has properties that can help calm a busy and worried mind, soothe frazzled nerves, and revitalize a weary soul. Add them to your diffuser, dilute in a lotion before bed, create a soothing bubble bath… whatever speaks to you, find a way to incorporate these essential oils into your self-care routine. You really can’t go wrong with any of them. Feeling something woodsy and earthy? Combine Vetiver and Sandalwood with Bergamot (for some light top notes). In the mood for something light and citrusy? Mix up some Sweet Orange, Bergamot and Neroli.

Essential oils for self-care

Self-Care Diffuser Blends

If you find yourself lacking inspiration, try out one of these diffuser blends to help elevate your self-care. Each of these blends was created with specific attributes in mind. Take a moment to think about what you need a little more of in your life right now and choose your blend.

Balancing, Calming, Soothing

Calming, Soothing, Revitalizing

Calming, Soothing, Relaxing

Calming, Relaxing, Revitalizing

 

You Have Permission…

One final thought… you have permission to not be okay. You have permission to not be productive. And you have permission to do what you need to do to make it out the other side. You have permission to self-care, whatever that looks like. If that means your cabinets don’t get organized, your closet doesn’t get cleaned out and all your clothes are just a little bit snug, well then that’s okay too.

 

What’s PT Doing for Self-Care?

Like so many of you, we’re figuring out how to work from home, stay connected with friends and family (and coworkers!), and stay healthy. We thought it’d be fun to share with you some of our favorite ways to unwind, relax, self-care and cope with this crazy situation we all find ourselves in.

Be sure to share your favorite ways to self-care in the comments! Above all, remember it’s going to be okay and we’ll get through this together.

 

Drink wine, cook indulgent food, do puzzles, use my meditation apps when I feel panic-y, look at happy memories in my camera roll when I feel sad.

-Faith, Designer

 

These are some things I’m doing to stay sane: long-distance Reiki (which has been surprisingly helpful), cooking new recipes, lots of sidewalk chalk “school” with my son, Epsom salt baths, weekly pregnancy bump photos… and baby nursery prep.

-Alena, Product Manager

 

I am getting completely ready before starting my day of work from home. I also am focusing on a new skin care routine now that I have longer in the morning to get ready! And to help my kids stay sane which in turn helps me stay sane, my family is spending a lot of dedicated time playing games and enjoying the warm weather outside (when we are so blessed to have warm weather!).

-Retha, VP of Customer Experience

 

I keep unexpectedly crying. I think I’m carrying grief around with me all the time. Grief for the thousands who have died and for their families, grief for the lost jobs and livelihoods, and grief for the loss of normalcy and stability. Seeing how we as a people cope with that weight is helping me through this. The beautiful, caring things our communities have come together to do for each other gives me hope and strength.

-Jamie, Marketing Manager

 

I’m going for a lot of walks and doing one exercise every one to two hours (something simple and quick: 25 pushups, 50 situps, 30 curls). I’m getting in touch with people I haven’t talked to in a while virtually, and also writing handwritten letters and sending them in the mail.

– Brannon, Content Writer

 

When I start feeling overwhelmed with all the unpredictability right now, I like to take a few moments to appreciate this unique experience I’m sharing with my two sons. I get to spend more time than ever with them, helping them with their schoolwork and learning more about them each day we spend together. It’s the bright spot for me and keeps me sane!

-Katrina, Product Manager

 

I have been picking up the flute again and sitting down to play the piano more often. For me, it’s an instant de-stresser. I play in the evenings to wind down, but also take advantage of playing during my lunch breaks.

– Natalie, Designer

 

I’ve been knitting while watching Star Trek reruns on Netflix. Taking walks to the park with my dog. Getting all the pet snuggles. I’ve also started taking baths most nights, not to replace showers, but soaking in the hot water for 20 minutes and taking measured, deep breaths helps me let go of some the tension I’ve been holding in my muslces all day.

-Melissa, Content Manager

 

I’m eating a lot of junk food! But seriously, working from home with a toddler has been super tough. We’ve made adjustments to our schedule to help with flexibility. I get up early so I can get a few hours of work in before my son gets up. This allows us to make time every day for a nice long walk. I find that this has a HUGE impact on both of our attitudes!
-Emilee, Product Manager

20 thoughts on “It’s Okay If You’re Not Okay”

  1. These have been trying times for sure with COVID-19 then the loss of our son-in-law at the young age of 28 from colon cancer in May, grief, family struggles due to grief, then the birth of our new grandson by c-section also in May and then not being able to see him for a fews weeks and now when we do gather we all have to wear mask. He has never seen more then my eyes at this point. Peaceful protesting, riots, looting, etc. and you wonder what kind of world this baby has come into. Working from home and the isolation of no contact with co-workers but at the same time so thankful and blessed to still be working and having a job. So many mixed emotions, tears, sadness, joy, blessings, loneliness, thankful for family, etc….I know I am not alone as many feel the same way. Thank you for this article!

  2. Thank you. With Plant Therapy, I know I am never alone no matter what is going on. Life IS rather sucky right now. I lost my job right before covid hit our state. I’m on Doctor Work Restriction…waiting for “safer at home” to be lifted so I can have hip surgery. Days are long and lonely. Phone calls and social media only go so far to take the place of human contact. Thank goodness Husband is an Essential Employee. I watch the clock each afternoon for him to come home. Just want life back to normal.

  3. Thank you for the comments. I am making stamped cards and sending out to up lift others. Marking masks, cooking, watching movies and relaxing more. I am also in 2 church groups who meet on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. God really wants up to slow down. I love my Plant therapy oils.

  4. This is a great article. Some days I have my own pity parties, but then reading things like this makes me realize we’re all in same boat. I find exercising is a good mood regulator, taking my dog for extra walkies and feeling the sun shine helps. Reading my Bible and praying has the most impact for me, and I find on the days when I don’t make time for that I feel extra cruddy.

  5. Love the honesty, especially about the random crying and the eating of junk food. I’ve been making a To-Do list for each day, even the small things. Brush hair, wash face, drink water, eat regularly.

  6. I appreciate the honestly from the Plant Therapy family about how you all are managing. It is validating to know that we all have some similar challenges.

  7. This post was so encouraging! I needed someone to tell me it’s ok to take the pressure off myself! This is really hard!
    I treated myself to the oil of the month club ! I hope mays will be good for relaxing!!

  8. Thank you for this blog post . It seems like some days are a rollercoaster of emotions. Up, down and all around insane.
    When I feel overwhelmed. I go to a quiet small park close by. And just listen in silence to the stillness. I do zoom meetups. And also tune into my church live streams. And using my oils they help alot.

  9. Thank you for this blog post, my other half is with out a job as his job closed (temp.) and then 4 days ago I am now out of work-they think I have Covid-19 so I am actually quarantined right now, so yeah definitely a strange time!! I just wanted to thank you because I actually won 3 fabulous oils today while watching YouTube Live about this post! I won Geranium Bourbon, Neroli, and Sweet Orange!! Those are some pricey oils! I have never tried Neroli before or the Bourbon version of Geranium so I’m super excited and grateful to be receiving them, and what a perfect time, right when I could use them the most! Thank you Plant Therapy for everything that you all do, what a great company!

  10. Thank you for this! I’ve been struggling with the guilt because we are safe, in all possible ways right now, but I’m still struggling emotionally. Not having any idea what to expect from the next weeks, months, and years is taking a toll, especially when my kids are asking about what’s going to happen.

  11. Starting book six tonight during quarantine. Happy to have a job that still pays me to work from home. Have taken the dogs for walks, and caught up on some shows (Star Wars: Clone Wars! Outlander! ) learned how to play Cataan. I was diagnosed with Valley Fever in February so the rest has been nice!

  12. Thank you for this blog post. I so needed to hear that it’s okay to not be okay! Normally I am so motivated and get lots done everyday but lately, I just can’t get motivated to do all the things that I normally find joy in doing. Some days its hard to do my normal routine but I’m trying. I just made an inhaler with Sandalwood, Bergamot and Vetiver thanks to your recommendations.

  13. Very informative post. Going to have to add these oils to my wish list. I have been crocheting baby hats and blankets all month to relax and stay calm along with diffusing a lot of lavender blends.

  14. Thank you for this blog post. It IS a very stressful and scary time right now. I’m so thankful for my PT oils because I cannot find cleaning products on the store shelves. So, I have been pushed into doing what I have always wanted to try…making my own products with PT oils. It’s kind of fun, actually and the house smells yummy!!

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