This is the blog post where I wrap up the theme for the month – in this case hope and hopelessness – and link to an older post from the archives.
There’s just one problem.
It’s the first day of my holiday and I’m currently sitting in the kitchen of a gorgeous little cottage in the Cotswolds. The countryside is unbelievably beautiful. The weather is perfect. The only sounds I can hear are the gentle hum of the fridge, birds chirping in the courtyard outside and the tap-tap-tap of my fingers hitting the keyboard.
Why is this a problem? Well, I’ve come down with a severe case of lazyitis (must be the change of water, I think) and I’m struggling to write the post I was planning to write which, I recall, was something about feelings.
So, in the interest of listening to my own feelings – specifically, the feeling that I would very much like to sit outside and have a cup of tea, then take a nap before heading out to the pub for a drink – I’m not going to force myself to write when I just want to get on with my holiday. I’m sure you understand.
While we all have obligations in our lives, sometimes it’s important to step back and make sure we’re also giving ourselves what we want. For people with overeating issues, it’s essential. Otherwise, we feel frustrated and resentful and turn to food to detach from those feelings. Then we feel worse.
We all deserve to balance our own needs alongside our responsibilities.
It’s OK to pay attention to our feelings and give ourselves what we truly want (and right now I truly want that cup of tea).
For more about getting comfortable with your emotions, you can read this 2017 blog post “Why Should We Make Friends with Our Feelings?”.