Japan, wars, recession, pollution,cancer, If you read the press or watch the news it would be easy to think that we are all doomed, and powerless to do anything about it.
Sometimes it is the small things in life that can make you feel so much better. Whilst depression, at it’s worst, can be debilitating and needs proper medical attention, if you suffer with mild depression like me, there are a lot of simple steps you can take to nurture yourself. Small things that can lift your mood, and make the world seem like a better place. It is very easy when you are feeling down, to get into a negative downwards spiral of thinking, one negative thought seems to snowball into another, and another, until you are the bottom of a very dark hole. The Law of Attraction, featured in the film The Secret says that thoughts become things, sometimes little things can help you focus on the good.
Lady Thatcher, when asked what gave her the greatest pleasure in life, replied, ‘taking the fluff out of my tumble drier’. I can relate to that.
The following work for me:
A bubble bath, ideally with candles, followed by slipping into clean sheets
A brisk walk in the fresh air
Making a telephone call to a good friend
Writing a thank you note
Singing in the car
Dancing to your favourite tunes
Pegging out a line full of washing (a challenge when you live in Manchester)
Painting your toenails a pretty colour
Looking at old photographs
Reorganising your underwear drawer, CDs or bathroom cabinet (putting things in order can make you feel in control)
doing something you have been putting off
letting someone into the traffic
putting food out for the birds
drinking tea, or your favourite drink, from a china cup
Duvet days, don’t feel like getting dressed and facing the world? Well don’t (I was amazed to find that the world didn’t stop when I first did this, now it’s a regular treat)
Hot water bottles, mmmm, like a big warm hug in your bed
Go into Gap and mess up all the folded jumpers (thank you Victoria Wood)
First thing in the morning, or last thing at night, say thanks for the good things in your life, it’s good to count your blessings
We may not be able to solve the problems in the Middle East, or stop natural disasters, but we need to remember that life is precious and there are miracles all around us, we just need to open our eyes, and our hearts, and embrace them.