I’ve been wading through a deep period of anxiety & depression this week, not sleeping, and feeling like I’ll never feel happy again. So I’m trying to find some bright happy things to focus on and just realized that we leave for Disneyland & Harry Potter in exactly 2 weeks from today!
One of the best mechanisms I’ve found that helps me cope when darkness shows up is to find things in the future to look forward to. In the past, I often felt like I didn’t have anything worth living for in the future, so I’ve had to make strategic choices to always have something planned, big or small, down the pipeline. In this (rare) case, it’s a trip to California, but most of the time it’s something simple, like a creative project I want to accomplish or going to a movie.
Everyone struggles with different things and the solution is never one-size-fits-all. For me, it’s having fun things to look forward to. For others, it’s quiet time or retail therapy. Whatever it is, the most important thing is that you find something that works for YOU and you make a plan to practice it.
Also, if you have awesome self care practices, I’d love to hear them! I’m always looking for new ideas!