I am sure you have seen the 10,000 shaming messages that are circling the social media atmosphere right now. “Get to work, there is no time like the present yada. If you’re not building a side hustle or learning a new skill you’re lazy and stupid and are the worst”
I understand that most of them mean well. I really do.
Here’s the thing, people react to stress much differently. Some people it lights them up and kicks them ito action mode. AND There is a whole species of the population that are highly empathetic and we need to process the stress and face it before anything productive is getting done.
We have been in quarantine for approximately 4 weeks now give or take. At first I thought the virus was a bunch of media using fear tactics to scare everybody like they always do. (which I still think they do) then I realized how incredibly serious the situation was in Italy and how many people were dying. I started to take it more seriously then. Then I woke up with a sore throat. I didn’t know whether it was allergies, some other bug or if I indeed had the virus. I stayed isolated as much as I could when you live in an RV and my symptoms persisted. Particularly scary since I have a few auto-immune issues. Then my son with auto-immune issues got sick too. It was scary there for a hot minute. We got worse and then we got better. My point is I did not do one productive thing this whole time. Even showering was scarse.
THEN my good friend passed away right as I was starting to feel better. I knew it was coming but it was still really hard. Still almost no productivity happened.
Instead I took this time doing all the things I knew I needed to do to take care of my mental health. I showed up for my coaching calls and business mastery. My coach verified my need to take care of my health and my mental health (in those moments where I was shaming myself for the lack of productivity). I continued to read my Bible and journal everyday. I have tripled my amount of prayer time this past month. I get outside every single day and move my body. (once I was feeling better). When it was all too much, I even escaped for awhile in Netflix.
Four weeks in, I just started being productive. So whatever you are struggling with right now; whether you are a fellow enterpreneur, a brand new homeschooling parent, someone who lost their job and the future is uncertain. I give you PERMISSION to take the time that you need to not be productive. I also encourage you to do whatever you need to do to work through the feelings of why you are not being productive. Don’t live in it. Work through it.
Over and over again in the bible, God uses resets to birth something new. To bring out our greatest gifts that could serve the world or change peoples lives. He also talks about fear over 500 times in the bible. He has some insight into the subject. Open it. Scripture has the power to break off fear from our lives. Speak it out loud over your home, over your children over where ever fear has come in.
The world needs your gifts. The world needs you. Take the time to work through the BIG emotions and then turn off the TV and share them.
If you need prayer, a friend to talk to to or encouragement in any way. My in box is always open.