Be Gentle With Yourself

I was having one of THOSE days, you know, where you drop a spoonful of rice on the floor and cry over it. I was so emotionally drained and exhausted for no apparent reason and if you have ever had one of those days, you know how hard it is to not get frustrated with yourself. Recently someone said to me that when I’m feeling that way, that I should be gentle with myself. That really resonated with me. Of course I should be gentle with myself when I’m upset. I’m going to feel upset no matter what and the worst thing that I could do for myself is to get angry for feeling a way that I have no control over. It’ll just make me feel worse. 

Would I be angry with a friend for feeling upset, or would I try to comfort them? Thinking about it in this way made it significantly easier for me to get over my fallen rice, and move on, instead of falling into a sad-angry-sad from making myself angry, whirlwind. So, if you find yourself having one of THOSE days, try and remember to be gentle with yourself, treat yourself like your mom or your best friend would when you’re upset, because you deserve that love. 

Katharine Hannah

Chicago, IL

Katharine’s work has graced the walls of institutions such as The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Harold Washington Library of Chicago, and local galleries such as Dreambox Gallery, Siragus Gallery and Blick Art Materials. She has also been featured on websites such as the Huffington Post, Phlearn, Fstoppers, Tigress Magazine for Girls, Bitchtopia, and Golden Boy Press.

In addition to photography, Katharine has been a mentor and educator in the arts since 2013. She has worked with students in various organizations and projects over the last two years, including Hive Chicago’s PROjectUS initiative and Digital Youth Network’s Digital Diva’s and Chicago City of Learning programs.