How to fight the loneliness

I feel like crap today.  Here are some things  I do (and you can do!) to not feel quite so crappy.

  1. Make sure to keep eating, even if you don’t want to.  Even if it’s something small, make sure you put nutritious food in your belly.
  2. Get out of the house, even if it’s just to go to the store.
  3. If you think of something that might help, no matter how silly, try it.
  4. Find ways to distract yourself.  Books and music both help.  TV just numbs you, but maybe that’s what you need.  Try a book first.
  5. Remember that this too shall pass.  There have been good days, this just isn’t one of them.
  6. Don’t mope around with gross hair and dirty sweatpants.  Get ready for life, even if you don’t have anything planned.
  7. Do something indulgent.  Take a bath, take a walk, take a nap.  Treat yourself a little bit.
  8. Don’t sit around eating carton after carton of ice cream or whatever.  But feel free to eat a small bag of M&Ms or a reasonable portion of another treat.
  9. Get in touch with friends, just to say hello.
  10. Keep breathing.  Sometimes that’s all you can do.

3 thoughts on “How to fight the loneliness”

  1. I agree with all of the things you have said..they all can do their part to help you feel better.Try watching a sunrise or sunset,go to the park..something that involves being outside in nature.It always puts a smile in my heart.

  2. This is a really good list. From one crapitudinous person today to another: thank you for the fresh ideas. I keep a much shorter list at my desk: open windows, take a walk, take a shower*, work out, eat veggies.

    Usually when I’m run down, it feels like there are 100 very good reasons for it that have nothing to do with veggies. So I resist doing that last one. And yet: when I do it, the mood and energy lift. Nowhere near cured, but a detectable increase in my ability (and willingness) to deal with the world.

    * obviously these are not in chronological order

    //keeps breathing 🙂
    //nibbles some peas

    1. The one thing I could think of yesterday that seemed that it might help was an avocado. Not sure why. So I went to the store and bought an avocado, and came home and ate it. I was right, it did help.

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