It’s been a while! We hope you have missed us just as much as we have you. If you have been keeping up with us, you know that we recently went through some major life changes. These life altering moments have kept us stressed, anxious and busy. In an attempt to keep our mental health in balance, we took a pause from content creation for Tomodotchi. This mental health break was critical to our overall health and wellbeing. However, we are now through the thick of it and ready to dive back in. For the first post back, we wanted to write about 3 realizations we had during our mental health break.
People are loving and caring
First and foremost, we should thank you all for being so patient and caring during our time of struggle. Our biggest fear was that we would come back and everyone would be gone. However, through our silence, so many of you Tomodotchi’s rose to fill the void. We saw people supporting each other in the Facebook group. We received emails and messages from concerned Tomodotchi’s asking if we were ok or where we have been. At the times when we were struggling the hardest, we found nothing but words of encouragement from you all.
It made us realize that while culturally, we may be taught to not show weakness and to think that people are out for themselves. We have recognized that this is not true and our being vulnerable and honest has led to real support, engagement and community. We always strive to be real, share openly and deeply and we’ve found nothing but love and support returned. We have found people are more patient and understanding than we realize and that we can all relate to the struggles of life. We hope this encourages you to be vocal about your needs and to step up and ask for support when you need it. People will rise to the occasion and be there for you. Without your love and support, we would not have made it through. Further, the concern we received motivated us more than you could ever imagine.
So from the bottom of our hearts, thank you!
The world keeps turning
One of our worries is that something terrible will happen if we don’t get everything on our list done. We see every task as paramount to the success of our day and it doesn’t help that pressure from others and ourselves makes us feel this way too. The last few weeks, we have had an inhuman amount of work to get done and the fear of not finishing was real. Honestly, we were late on a lot of things and we are sure that things were completely missed. In the past this would have driven our anxiety wild.
However, this time as we took a break from Tomodotchi, we saw that regardless of whether or not we finished something, the world was still spinning. Nothing bad happened because a deadline was missed or a blog post wasn’t created. Rather than being met with hostility, we were met with compassion and care. People could see that we were doing our best with what we had and they gave us their understanding and support. Ultimately, if you are doing your best, people will be patient with you and life will move forward. Don’t stress too much if you miss something, you are still loved and it will be done in its own time!
Check in with yourself!
We thought that if we put Tomodotchi on hiatus, that magically we would have less stress and worries. What we really found was the opposite, as Tomodotchi winded down, our personal life stresses rose. Retrospectively thinking, this seems to be how it always goes. Life very rarely gets easier no matter what we give up, and as humans, it feels like we are conditioned to always find new ways to stress ourselves out! Or maybe that’s just us. Regardless, daily we checked in with ourselves mentally to see how we were doing. Asking questions like how stressed were we feeling, how many anxious thoughts were we having and do we think our OCD compulsions are coming in at a higher frequency.
These check-ins are what made us realize that while we shed some responsibilities, the reality was that we were busier and more stressed than ever before! Given that, we were able to prompt ourselves to get additional help and use our wellness team to reset our minds and breathe. We were able to set new boundaries and talk with those around us to understand their expectations. We proactively sought to free our minds from our worst anxious thoughts. Sometimes, when we get so busy we forget to allow ourselves to process our feelings and situation. We’ve found that it’s critical to check in with ourselves daily to make sure that we aren’t burning out or taking on more than we can handle.
Wrapping it up
No matter what in life, there will always be something to fill your time and stress you out. It’s up to us to recognize this and have the awareness to set boundaries and get the help we need. People are forgiving, and they recognize that it’s not selfish to have to put yourself first. Ultimately, we’re all trying to get through life together in this world and all we can do is our best. Our hope for you all is that you recognize when you need to become the priority and that you don’t and shouldn’t go through it alone. Much love to all our Tomodotchi’s and we’re so excited to be back and writing these blogs.
If you are going through challenging times whether at work or at home, it’s ok to set boundaries and take a mental health break from certain activities. People are more caring and understanding than we realize! When you are on a break, keep checking in with yourself and recognize when you have overloaded yourself with other tasks! A break doesn’t necessarily mean that things are easier! Finally, just do your best the world will keep turning even if something doesn’t get done or runs late! You got this.
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As an added bonus for our readers, we like to include a game of where are the Tomodotchi Pets. They’ve been hidden in 2 of the pictures within this post. Can you find them all? See below for what they look like!