Kind to Ourselves

Published: 28/05/21

Today, I don’t feel like working. I have a list, but in my heart of hearts, I don’t want to go anywhere near it. None of it is essential, it can all wait for a day or two.

But instead of admitting how I feel and allowing myself some space for the day, I’m planning to work anyway.

This often leads to a negative feedback loop: my want to take some space makes me want to work, and my want to work makes me want to take some space. This then leads to a mean-spirited, self-critical procrastination hole (MSSCPH for short).

What I’m trying to do through all of this is stay kind to myself. Yes, it would probably be beneficial to stop working and go for a walk right now, but I don’t think I will.

I will likely continue this power struggle, while keeping in mind that it’s perfectly acceptable that I’m doing so, and remembering that this weird headspace will dissolve, as all headspaces do.

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