What do I do when sadness starts to overwhelm me? Do I sit and cry? Retreat to my bed? Throw or break things? Although these options sound appealing, they are a band aid and provide only temporary relief. Granted, in the moment all seems well, but the sadness starts creeping back.
In my darkest moments, I go to my happy place. What is a happy place? It’s a place you can relax, reflect, and rejuvenate. It can be a physical place or a place you can envision in your mind. Life can be stressful and sometimes overwhelming. If we take a few minutes each day to go to our happy place, we will be able to handle the chaos better. Take a few minutes and breathe. Calm the chatter and refocus.
If I’m at home, I go outside and sit on my porch swing, close my eyes and listen to nature. When away, I close my eyes and envision something that brings me happiness like the ocean or grandchildren. Envisioning these things helps calm me and stop the negative mental spin.
It’s NOT a selfish thing. It’s just a way of being kind to yourself. Yes, that’s OK. I know this isn’t what you are used to doing. We, by nature, usually put ourselves at the bottom of the list. We nurture others while ignoring ourselves. If you remember to treat yourselves in the same loving manner you treat your family and friends, you’ll be surprised the difference it will make in your life. Seriously, give it a try. There’s nothing to lose but lots to gain. This is something ID has taught me that I must take care of myself before I can effectively help others.
So do something each day that brings you happiness. It may be as simple as sitting quietly enjoying a chocolate chip cookie or watching the clouds drift by. The ideas are limitless!
We all have a choice in the way we get through the day. We can choose to make a conscious effort to be aware of what is triggering our thoughts/feelings or to be unconscious and ignore what is going on around us. I’ve found that being conscious is the way to go in order to keep moving forward in a positive manner.
Happiness is contagious. Let’s pass it on beginning with ourselves.