I have been MIA for a few weeks now. I have been in complete survival mode.
Sometimes in life it is important to disconnect and simply survive. I have been taking time away from my computer, phone and social media to just make it. I have been in a funk and am currently trying to figure out what can get me out of it. I have been baking A LOT.
Some things I have learned during these times:
- Social media is my biggest trigger.
- Baking releases endorphins in my brain that make me extremely happy and able to cope. (Recipe page coming soon)
- Life does not have to evolve around your job. You can make your job evolve around you life.
- Finding people who are there for you is important.
- I have found my “tribe” and I thank God for them every single day. I literally would not be able to write this post right now if I did not have them.
- Your tribe does not have to be made up of all the same type of people. I have very different personalities in my tribe and that works the BEST for me because I have very different personalities based on what I am going through and they all give different advice so I am able to see all sides of a situation and how different I could handle it.
- It is okay to not be okay.
- It is okay to put yourself first. If you need to take a breather and go for a walk or cry, do it.
- The people who are there for you when you are at your worst are going to be there for you forever. They aren’t leaving. They love you.
- There will be a brighter day. It may not be today, and that is okay.
I have been using this time to bake, self-reflect and analyze what I am doing in life to determine what is next. I want you to know that you can do it too. If you need to go into survival mode just so you can figure things out, that’s okay. Turn off your notifications, set the phone down, close the laptop, figure out what your soul craves and make it happen. For me, I started baking, working on beautiful handwriting, and just being in the moment with people who are there and it has done wonderful things for me. I am not out of the woods yet though.
Survival mode also means exposing feelings, and for me it has been so hard to realize that I am actually experiencing anxiety and sadness to a level I have no choice but to address. I have been so busy just looking at my phone, on social media, working, or just sleeping that I did not realize I had this sadness and anxiety that I had never addressed. Everybody copes differently, for me, I always thought I needed to just get back to work, get back to being busy in order to “cope” but really, I was in survival mode. I was just continuing to fill my cup and then one day it spilled over and everything was out on the table. In order to prevent that from happening in the future, I have been dealing with emotions as they arise so that my cup stays upright.
Survival Mode is supposed to be a phase that helps save your life. It is not meant to be how you live. – Michele Rosenthal