Batten Down The Hatches


A few weeks ago I wrote a post for Her Sisterhood about the importance of letting go. I wrote about needing to let go of emotions that were holding us down, or back. Emotions that were no longer serving a purpose apart from making our minds swirl on a constant loop – over, and over, and over again.

The last few weeks have been tough ones in our particular world meaning that loop has been in overdrive. Many things have been happening that have caused strong emotions to overflow on an almost daily basis – tensions have been high, drama has seemed to be never-ending, beloved brothers have been through major surgery and sleep has been fractured. In amongst all of this day-to-day life has kept on spinning – as it does. Work is constant and busy, groceries need to be bought, clothes washed, pets fed and children read to at night. It’s hard to gain some space to think about what can be let go of – and how.

So instead, I find myself drawing inwards. Closing ranks with just myself, my partner and our Sweet Pea allowed in. We’re battening down the hatches for a while – moving outwards when we need to but only for a little while, to connect with special people and our closest friends. Taking some time to breathe, recharge and hopefully come back out into the world with a bit more energy and enthusiasm. It’s not an easy thing to do – especially in this day and age – people seem to expect connectedness at all times and I truly don’t believe that is necessarily healthy or possible. In my work I see clients all the time that are overflowing with other peoples expectations of them and for them – they almost always feel burdened and overwhelmed by this but they find it very difficult to break away. It’s hard to walk away from the expected “shoulds” in our lives but it is ok to make that decision for yourself.  It’s ok to take a break from the world when you need to, it’s ok to say no, it’s ok to disappoint people.

This weekend I will be spending time with those I love most, chilling out, reading, watching bad TV and eating yummy things. Hopefully by the time Monday rolls around I will feel like coming out of my cocoon. We’ll see…


4 Comments on Batten Down The Hatches

  1. Tamara
    October 22, 2016 at 8:40 pm (1 year ago)

    There’s nothing wrong with hibernation. Take care of you all..

    • Karen
      November 4, 2016 at 4:07 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks T xx

  2. Paula, The Geeky Shopaholic
    October 25, 2016 at 12:31 am (1 year ago)

    “This weekend I will be spending time with those I love most, chilling out, reading, watching bad TV and eating yummy things.” Your way of escaping the world and my way are exactly the same! I definitely agree that it’s ok to escape when you need to. I need my alone time on occasion so that I can deal with everything else in life. :)

    • Karen
      November 4, 2016 at 4:08 pm (1 year ago)

      It’s nice to hear I’m not the only one Paula! I think I could go for weeks at a time in this state though…


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