The Calm Monkey

One of the most popular posts to date on my blog was the one immediately prior to this one, about giving permission to yourself to be sad sometimes.  As readers have said to me, it was liberating to read, because we tend to put pressure on ourselves to be happy and smiley all the time, and when we’re not, people will often probe by asking ‘are you OK?’, which can be really irritating even though their intentions are good!

Here is something that I have pre-arranged with my family and some of my friends:  when I am having a down day, I can just tell the other person it’s a down day, and that it means I need some space and ‘alone time’; my mood is understood to not be a reflection of my relationship with the other person. This works well because the other person is relieved from…

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