Weathering the Storm

Weathering the Storm
by Starcat

We all have those days. You know the ones. Nothing seems to be going right, your emotions are like out of control tidal waves, and your thoughts are dark and stormy. Maybe you get weepy and don’t want to get out of bed, or perhaps every little thing sends you into a state of anger or irritation. You might have a reason (or three) for feeling this way, or you might have no idea what’s going on. So, what do you do to weather the emotional storm?

Know it’s temporary. The storm will subside, and your life will go on. You’re not alone – we are all human, and we all have times of emotional crisis. You might even learn something from it. Or maybe not, and that’s okay, too. Knowing that it will pass can comfort you in the throes of the storm.

Do your spiritual practices, if you can. These are the times when you can fall back on your daily practices. Relax into meditation, or pray for insight. Let your Tarot cards give you advice, or do your exercise routine and work off some of the angst. If doing your practice feels good, do that.

Let your practice go, without guilt, for a day. Sometimes you’re not in a space to do your regular spiritual practices. When I’m in a serious funk, I can’t do my yoga routine. I’m just not on the same wavelength with those energies. If you can’t do it, don’t. And don’t feel bad about it. Just take the day off and do what you need to do.

Be kind to yourself. Speaking of what to do, how about some self-nurturing? Take a long hot bubble bath. Cry if you want to, or rant and rage in the privacy of your room. Go and get a massage, or ask a friend or family member for a foot rub. Cuddle with your pets. Read a book or watch your favorite movie. Relax as much as possible.

Seek help. If the storms keep coming, you might want to seek help with the overwhelming emotions. Check with your health care provider or healer about what might work for you. Find a trusted friend to confide in, one who won’t judge but will offer you their ear and a shoulder to cry on. Reach out and let someone else help you along.

Here’s hoping the sun returns, and your emotional storms fade away peacefully. Blessings!