I am no stranger to the blues. 11 years ago I dropped in on them when I subjected myself to a two hour rotation of breast pumping for 4 months, and climbed out after I was delivered to my Father's cottage in Nova Scotia for the late Spring and Summer. I had similar dips over the decade as I traversed the mountain range that was my life.
When my second marriage dissolved I ended up with a wonderful physician who specialized as a Life Coach doing a talk therapy approach to mood management. Through my conversations with Peter I garnered the following list of tasks to follow:
- get your heart rate up for 20 minutes every day
- Hang out with non-work friends once a week
- Eat fish 3 times a week
- Pick one issue at a time and address a small part of it
So - up and at it at a decent hour - try to get in the shower right after my DH, and get that baby on a routine!
My girlfriends and I met at a local comedy club for dinner and a show, and my BFF came up from Altanta and spent a week with me getting her head wrapped around my life, and picked up the baby's cold.
I attended the Landmark Forum in September 2013 and it has been an invaluable addition to my life (in its subtractions and reductions) and it has given me the tools I needed to deal with the #5s (above).
Routine is huge. Creating is huge. Recognizing and expressing gratitude for the love I feel is essential.