Hands up who’s been feeling a bit down lately, unmotivated, uninspired, unproductive and lacking in self-confidence? Maybe you’ve just felt like crawling back into bed? Yep, me too. Well, you’re not alone and there’s (kind of) a good reason for this: mercury is retrograde.
What does Mercury in retrograde mean?
Right now Mercury is retrograde and will be until 1st August. So, what does it mean exactly? Now is the time to grab your science hats! Mercury is closest to the sun than Earth therefore, its orbit around the sun is a lot shorter than ours. Around three or four times a year, Mercury speeds past Earth and this period is what is known as Mercury being in retrograde.
So, let’s break this down. Imagine you are running in a race when another runner overtakes you so now they are ahead in the race. They are running faster right? Now let’s say the runner runs slower and you catch them up eventually overtaking them, it would look like they are going backwards. This is the Mercury retrograde period and during this time Mercury causes disruption and turbulence on Earth and everything that Mercury is responsible for can go a little awry.
So, what is Mercury responsible for? Well, some believe the planets have certain roles in our lives that many of us are unaware of. For instance, Mercury is responsible for communication, commerce and movement. I never really believed in this kind of thing however, every now and then I would feel low, no motivation and generally just feeling “urghh.” I would check my period app and my period would be no where near and found out instead that it was Mercury in retrograde. Coincidence? Maybe.
There is a certain amount of psychological influence. If we assume we are going to feel rubbish during a period of time, then we will. Similarly, it can be all too easy to blame things on Mercury being in retrograde when it could be just a coincidence. However, a few times I’ve found myself Googling Mercury retrograde dates when all rational options have been exhausted and voila, its answered why I’m feeling terrible.
So, what are the “symptoms” of Mercury being in retrograde?
- Low motivation and being less proactive
- Setbacks – with work, projects and so on
- Closing people out; being less communicative
- Having a lot of self-doubt and questioning yourself
- Feeling generally low and having little energy
It can even affect other things in our daily lives too:
- Technology can glitch – emails not sending or going straight into junk, phones playing up and how many times has Instagram been down this month?
- Transport can be affected – delayed trains, cancelled flights, hold ups ect.
So, if you’ve been experiencing any of those, then what can we do about it? And how can we get through the next few weeks?
Practice self care
Self care is anything that makes you feel good. It could be reading a book, cancelling plans to stay in or perhaps pushing yourself because you know you’ll have a good time, going to the gym and so on. For me, self care is about being kind to myself, so this could be getting an early night, enjoying a hot bubble bath, listening to soothing music, doing my nails, watching a movie or making my skincare routine extra indulgent.
During a Mercury retrograde, we can compare ourselves to others, then end up beating ourselves up about it. It is so easily done! That’s why it’s important during a Mercury retrograde to be extra kind to yourself and do whatever it is that makes you feel good.
Don’t make any major decisions
Right now, you’re probably questioning everything. You’ve probably contemplated cutting or dying your hair a new colour, changing your blog name, clearing out your entire wardrobe ect. So, probably hold off from making any major decisions until 1st August.
Self reflect and plan
During this time, redirect your energy into self reflection and planning. So, instead of jumping in and changing your blog’s name, use this time to jot down ideas, make a moodboard and plan how you will introduce this change to your followers. Reflect on yourself. Is their something you want or need to learn? How will you go about learning it? Make a plan!
During a Mercury retrograde, it can be all too easy to feel negative. Practicing gratitude is a good way to reflect and focus in on the good. A great way to do this is to jot down things you are grateful for. You could write them in your notebook, on the notes app on your phone or simply say them in your head.
Another helpful way is to turn negatives into positives. The other day I was waiting for a bus and it didn’t turn up. Feeling annoyed, I decided to walk but then I thought to myself, rather than taking the bus, walking is good exercise and beneficial for my health and although the bus was convenient, I felt better and more exhilarated walking.
That being said, now is a good time to be cautious. Give yourself extra time to travel, back documents, photos etc up to your iCloud, try not to take things too personally, don’t leave that glass of water near your MacBook Air and generally just plan a little more.
Reconnect with friends
Has a friend been a little quiet recently? Or perhaps there has been someone you’ve lost touch with recently? Whether you’ve both just been too busy or had a lot of commitments, reach out to them! Send them a text and see how they are doing. Perhaps meet up for a coffee (or a hot chocolate) or meet for lunch. You’ll feel so much better for doing so and pretty sure your friend will too!
Whether you believe Mercury being in retrograde is behind any of this, I think one think we can take away from this is being kind to ourselves and those around us, especially when we are feeling down. So, what are your thoughts? Do you believe in Mercury retrograde? And what do you do to help lift your mood? Let me know in the comments section below!