How are you doing?
This question is used as more of a greeting these days than as an actual question. If you’re like me, and most other people for that matter, you probably respond, “Good/fine/grand” whenever asked this question...even on the days you’re not feeling good, fine, or grand. Maybe not even close.
I think many of us respond in this way because we don’t feel it’s ever the appropriate time to share how we’re really, actually doing. You don’t want to burden or overshare and it’s easier anyway to just say “I’m fine” than to dive into the complexity of your emotions at the moment.
It’s a totally normal thing. Except now, we’re in a situation where everyone and everything is most decidedly not fine. In fact, everything is, for the most part, decidedly chaotic.
Everyone is dealing with different circumstances right now. Some are working tirelessly every day in stressful situations as medical professionals, first responders, or front line workers in essential businesses. Others are trying to maintain some sense of order while balancing work with childcare at home. Many others still have found themselves home alone for the duration of this crisis.
Whatever the situation is that you’re in right now, we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to pretend everything is fine and dandy.
You see, Bluebird Botanicals doesn’t believe in wearing filters. We believe in the power of authenticity - in showing up exactly as you are. And given the current global circumstances, we want you to know that it’s ok to say you’re not ok.
You’re not alone, either. Our own team members have all faced challenges in adapting to our current situation, including yours truly.
For me, personally, dealing with the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis has been an up-and-down experience. I’m incredibly grateful to be working for a business that’s considered essential and one that also allows their employees to work from home. However, every day brings a new roller coaster of emotions. I recently watched my youngest sister, who lives out of state, get married via Facebook Livestream as she was forced to cancel her scheduled wedding and I was unable to travel in time for her spontaneous at-home ceremony. Aside from that emotional experience, I’ve also gone through cycles of crankiness, boredom, slap-happy silliness, and numbness as I’ve slowly come to terms with our “new normal” and the uncertainty of what the world is facing. My coping strategy has been to focus on one day at a time and write down my daily gratitudes for the numerous blessings in my life.
Justin, another member of our Bluebird team, also shared his own experiences over the past six weeks.
“My initial difficulties with the COVID-19 outbreak led me to dissociative tendencies - wanting to scroll endlessly on social media platforms, take in mind-numbing content, etc. I was doing anything to leave my body and become a floating head so I could avoid feeling the groundlessness of these unpredictable times. Social distancing began around the time that my partner began a new shift at her job working from 4 am to 12:30 pm...consequently, I have reluctantly adopted a wake-up time of 3:20 am. This led me to create a new morning routine for myself. This involves Wim Hof Method breathwork, durational sitting meditation, grooming myself as though I am leaving the house, a cold shower, watching the sunrise, working out, and reading until I have to begin work. This routine consists of multiple practices that involve me being present with discomfort and my body. The outcome? I still find myself wanting to dissociate (like the 30 seconds I just spent staring at the screen in the middle of this write up). However, most of the time I am catching it, and letting myself feel the thing that I'm avoiding once I do become aware of it.”
All of this to say, whatever you’re experiencing right now is totally acceptable. Furthermore, you don’t have to feel embarrassed or shy about oversharing or burdening others with your feelings. You deserve the right to show up without a filter, and our promise to you is to be there for you to listen whenever you need it.
So, let me ask again - how are you doing?
If you’re in need of someone to talk with, we’re always here for you. Our customer care team is different from your standard customer service department because their biggest priority is to give you care in whatever way you need it, even if it means just checking in with you on how you’re doing.
If you’re comfortable doing so, we’d also like to encourage you to share your COVID experiences with us - the good, bad, and ugly. You can comment on our post here or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Or, if you just want someone to talk to, you can pick up the phone and give us a call at (720) 726-5132 to speak to Chris, Darryl, Austin, Atlas, Greg, or Jenna - any one of our loving customer care representatives would love to chat with you.
We hope to see you around the nest soon.