Go gently

Into the new week.
Last Monday doesn’t have to
Cast a shadow on this one.
The emotional baggage
Of failed conversations.
Poorly done tasks,
And strained relationships
Can take a steady toll
On your mental health,
Melting the weeks
Into a multi-episode drama
Of low-grade anxiety and fatigue
That coalesce to form a
Grey and formless sludge.
Go gently into the new week.
Put away the boxing gloves
And stop the blows to your own face;
Rehearsing past failures,
Ignoring present blessings and
Playing out worst case scenarios
In advance.
Stop.
Return to this moment.
To your whole self
Who’s just doing their best.
Go gently,
You’re going to need to be intact
To make it the distance.

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