When You Don’t Feel Like Yourself

by Rachel Miller

December 3, 2021

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When you don’t feel like yourself—you feel like something is “off,” you feel down, and you don’t know why—it consumes your mind. It’s all you can think about. It messes with your head, your ability to think straight, to stay on task. You find yourself second-guessing yourself and your actions. You worry, you doubt. You are tempted to fall into a tunnel of despair–I don’t know what to do. I can’t do this. How do you move past this awful feeling?

Try an Experiment:

  • Consider: Where is your mind? Is it here? What’s on your mind? What worries and concerns?

  • Bring your mind back to here. For just a minute or two, forget the tasks and needs before you. Bring your mind to this present setting, where you are now. See what you observe: the sensations you feel, all those subtle details that you barely noticed before. Observe what you experience, what you feel.

  • Keep bringing your mind back to the present. You will still have lingering worries and doubt. You won’t know if you’re doing the right thing and you won’t have all the answers. All you can do is focus on the one task before you. You will make mistakes and things will go wrong, just as they always have. Act anyway. You always figure it out along the way.

  • You have felt this way before and you’ll feel this way again. Sometimes it lasts for days, but you never feel this way for long. Use this as your encouragement: feeling this way now means that feeling good is just around the corner. You will feel good again soon.

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