It's OK To Have Those Feelings
Each Wednesday a member of The Churchill School and Center's Mental Health Support Services Department will provide some insight into helping all of us manage ourselves and loved ones during this challenging situation. We hope you enjoy the posts and find them helpful and useful.
Hi, Churchill, my name is Janah Boccio, and I'm the middle school social worker. I spent so much time thinking about what I wanted to say to you today. What message or advice might you want or need at this time? And what I decided is that what might be most helpful at this very moment is to take a pause and allow ourselves to acknowledge just how hard, challenging and difficult things are right now. Even if we are managing well and finding silver linings, we may still be experiencing anxiety, fear and discomfort all over all of the unknowns.
And I want to tell you that it is OK to have those feelings and to allow yourself space to feel them. It's OK to take a break, to not be especially productive or creative. Try not to be too critical or judgmental if you find yourself forgetting things, or not being able to focus like you usually are able to. We are all juggling a lot. Whether it's working from home, supporting our children with their school lessons, dealing with boredom, or maybe we're also experiencing illness or the loss of a loved one.
If we give ourselves a break and allow our feelings to flow and be expressed, we can then move forward and through to then be able to practice gratitude and to focus on the positives, however small. We might then be able to use this time as an opportunity to reorder our priorities. Are there changes we might want to make? How do we want to live after the stay at home order has been lifted? We humans are resilient and adaptable. We have an incredible ability to adjust and make meaning out of adversity.
My hope is that we will all find ways to make meaning out of this experience and come through wiser, kinder and more compassionate. Thank you for watching.
Middle School Social Worker
The Churchill School and Center