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Reflecting on Hitting Emotional Rock Bottom

May 24, 2024

Have you ever noticed how your emotional state affects everything in your life? On Twitter, I shared that I've been feeling really low lately.

I'm recovering now, so don't worry. This happens. It's temporary. We move on.

Being a mother and working during wartime is much harder than I expected. I never had illusions about my strength, but I never thought I’d be so vulnerable.

Negative emotions cause stress. For me, stress drains the energy I have left after caring for my child. In normal times, I might have pushed through, but now it leads to complete shutdown.

That's why I wrote about weakness. It's different from my past self. I still don’t always know how I'll react in different situations. This time, it paralyzed me for a week. I couldn't pull myself together, and it affected my work, my relationships, my daily life, and my outlook on the world.

Every situation teaches us something. Here’s what I’ve learned this time:

1. I can only rely on myself. I need to build a life that protects me and my daughter. Our happiness depends on me.

2. I’m stronger than I thought. My boundaries must never be violated, unless I allow it.

3. I need to take care of my inner resources first. This helps me control my life. My boundaries must be firm.

4. I need to build relationships that support me, not break me. Disruptions to my routine affect my sense of security, which I can’t allow.

5. I’m not alone and never have been! Thanks to you, my friend (I know you’re reading this, thank you), and my dad, I didn’t lose my mind 🫶

It's all about creating and prioritizing safety, both psychological and physical, especially during wartime.

That's it! We move on!

P.S: what about to go to recovery walk together? Would love to know your thoughts in the vote below👇

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