These last 2 years have felt messy at best.
I have seen the meme appear over and over stating that it surely can’t be 2022, because we are all still processing 2020. Wow does that ring true more than many memes that I have come across. 2020 rocked all of our worlds and felt like something that no one had the coping skills for. No one could have prepared for that year, nor could we have foreseen what would play out over the next few years. In addition to the general state of our world, many clients had additional losses, crises, and life changes occur. This made life feel like a dark hole that felt impossible to crawl out of. The light felt like it was no longer existent and some wondered if it would ever reappear.
While this seems dark, it was and is reality for many. If you are there, know that you are not alone. Many are facing the same struggles. Why do I share this? Because we as human beings can feel so isolated in our pain. By coming together in our struggles, we can support each other and not face them alone. Community is dire for everyone. We all need community to function in this life. Even if community looks like one friend/family member or a group of people that have similar life experiences, or people who are always in your corner.
This time of year, many feel the struggle to act as if “it’s the most wonderful time of the year” and frankly if you aren’t feeling that way, it can exacerbate the feelings of loneliness. If you relate to this, I would encourage you to reach out. It is okay if you are struggling, while hard to admit, there are people that want to help support you and care for you. Often, those around us may not know we are struggling unless we tell them. While that feels awkward to ask for support, people want to support, they just may not know it’s necessary and can’t support you unless you let them.
Community heals us and can look different for everybody. Maybe you reach out to a friend or family member and share with them that you are struggling. Maybe you reach out to a therapist, maybe you reach out to a hotline, maybe it is an organization that provides support groups. Whatever it is, whoever it is. I encourage you to reach out and not continue to face these challenges alone.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out if I can help you connect with any of these options.
Some helpful ones may be:
In this together,
Nurtured Hearts Counseling
I look forward to seeing you in 2022!!