Updated: Aug 31, 2020
You have permission. I am not a therapist or grief counselor. I am not a mental health professional. I am a coach and I often help people process and separate the emotion tied to their work relationships, their careers, and their professional development.
Over the past 8 weeks, there has been a lot of emotion – and rightfully so – and the word that keeps coming up is Grief.
I am a big proponent of giving permission to people to feel their feels: joy, anger, fear, frustration, sadness, overwhelmed, and yes, grief. And while your ‘loss’ may not be of the magnitude typically associated with grief, I believe we should all be given permission to process whatever has been lost. It might seem self-indulgent to grieve right now, but in the long run, it will be better for your mental health.
You Are Allowed to Grieve by Jenny Albers is a great article on the different types of grief we are all experiencing right now. Rather than write my own, I hope you can relate to and find comfort in Jenny’s words.
As you process what is going on in your life, please give yourself time to feel what you are feeling. Keep a sense of perspective for the depth of your pain, but don’t deny yourself the opportunity to grieve as a step toward healing. And for whatever you are grieving, I am sorry.