So many things are in my tool box:
Breathing deeply and slowly.
Going outside in the sunlight and fresh air.
Talking/texting with friend.
A long bath.
Getting my hands in dirt, if only in a pot.
Sending time with my animals.
Being with my faith community.
Seeing my therapist.
Taking my medication.
Using positive affirmations throughout my day, including in my passwords.
Gently checking my negative thoughts.
Using my light box.
Using polite language.
Yoga, even if only for a few minutes at a time.
Brushing my teeth.
Writing in my journal.
Taking my vitamins.
Giving to others in regular and unexpected way.
Planning for breaks and vacations.
Being with likeminded people online and in person.
Reading for knowledge and for pleasure.
Being in nature.
Riding my bike.
Trying something new.
Apologizing when I hurt another.
Forgiving myself and others.
Delicious soups in the winter.
Making time for the good stuff.
Asking for help.
Getting rid of clutter.
Keeping my health appointments.
Exiting toxic environments.
Ice cream in the summer.
Jumping up and down.
Wearing my favorite jewelry.
Remembering happy times.
Watching a great show.
Eating food with fiber.
My favorite teas.
Choosing pleasure. For example, the other night I was sitting feeling cold and I did nothing. I continued doing what I was doing and being cold. Finally, I told myself to get up and get warm. So, I got up, put on some warm socks and a jacket and I went back doing what I was doing.
Sometimes I allow myself to suffer for no reason. I have to remind myself I deserve comfort. I deserve safety. I deserve rest. I deserve every good thing. Just because.
- This reply was modified 1 year, 9 months ago by Jennifer.