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  • Writer's pictureKeith Dussia

The Slime

Being "slimed" is a term I used to describe those moments when negative emotions suddenly engulf us, like a bucket of gooey, uncomfortable feelings poured over our heads. It's that shift from being perfectly fine one moment to feeling overwhelmed, withdrawn, and wanting to hide from the world the next. These feelings can be loneliness, sadness, anxiety, or a cocktail of all the uncomfortable emotions you can think of. I know this feeling all too well. There were days when I felt light, happy, and free, and then, out of nowhere, bam! I was covered in this emotional slime, making me want to retreat into my shell.

Getting Unslimed

The slime doesn't disappear overnight, but with awareness, understanding, and self-compassion, it starts to lose its grip.
The slime

The First STep to Getting Unslimed

The first step to getting un-slimed is recognizing that it's happening. Awareness is key. And here's something crucial I've learned: you are not your feelings. This realization was a game-changer for me. These feelings don't just pop up out of nowhere; they're often triggered by something—a thought, a memory, or even something as simple as a smell or sound. Identifying these triggers is essential. Once you know what sets off the slime, you can start to address it before it takes over.

Acknowledge The Feelings

But how do you get out of it? For me, it's about acknowledging the feelings without letting them define me. I remind myself that I am not my emotions. They are just visitors, sometimes unwelcome, sure, but they don't have to stay. I've also found that reaching out to others can be incredibly healing. Sharing your feelings, connecting with someone who understands, or even just getting a reassuring word can start to dissolve the slime.

Another vital step is self-care. It might mean different things for different people. For me, it's about doing something I love, something just for me. It could be reading a book, taking a walk, or even indulging in a hobby I've neglected. These acts of self-love remind me of my worth and slowly lift the weight of the slime.

Most importantly, I've learned to be patient and kind with myself during these times. The slime doesn't disappear overnight, but with awareness, understanding, and self-compassion, it starts to lose its grip. And remember, you're not alone. Everyone gets slimed now and then. It's part of being human. The beauty is in learning how to clean it off, stand back up, and keep moving forward, stronger and more resilient than before.

You got this!

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