*During times of normal doldrums, consumer therapy would give me a temporary spurt of joy – no longer true.
*The people in my life who I have kept in touch with out of habit, rather than a common connective bond, are falling away.
*The acting conservatory, I began studying acting and improv at four years ago after leaving my lifework, has closed.
As I reflect on the above, I recognize the loss of many things that have fed me in a variety of ways are gone. My hope is that this dropping away is making space for something new.
As a friend used to say: “When one door closes; another opens. But the hallway is hell.”
So my work now is how to comfort myself while in the hallway. For me, that means going back to the basics of daily self care:
1) Keep hydrated with 64 ounces of water
2) Find something to laugh at, especially myself
-- or look in the mirror and fake a 5-second laugh
3) Throughout the day in my small journal jot down:
Things I do well
Kindnesses I receive
Kindnesses I give
And read the entries before bedtime....
4) Make one connection with a friend
5) Do something creative, i.e., practice piano, start a new blog
What are your basic daily self-cares...