Today is Day 19 of #HAWMC (WEGO’s Health Activist Writers Monthly Challenge). The prompt today is:
Everyone has tough days, but how do you pull yourself out of the rut?
Maybe you blog, repeat affirmations or listen to a favorite playlist.
Write about what tools, tips or practices you use to lift your spirits after a rough patch.
When I read this prompt I was reminded of a post I wrote a few years ago, I thought I’d link back to it now for your reading pleasure. Living In The Moment In this post you will find one of the main ways I deal with the rough days.
A little list of things I do to deal with a rough patch:
- I do things that get me involved with others. I reach out. I text, email, blog, talk….
- I do things that relax me. I take a bath, a nap, read, watch movies and mindless TV…
- I do mindfulness exercises. I focus on staying in this moment. I remember that the past is over and the future is not written (when I’m having tough days I can get caught up in “how good things use to be” and “how bad things will always be”, neither of these things are true, focusing simply on the present can make it not as overwhelming). I meditate and do deep breathing exercises.
- I remember to be grateful. I write in my gratitude journal, I am sure remember I have many things to be grateful for.
- During particularly rough times, such as a very bad vertigo attack, I chant. I have a special chant I learned in a yoga class years ago that my husband and I chant together when I’m extremely sick with vertigo, this helps to calm me down. “Om bhur bhuvah svah tat savitur varenyam”
- I have my go to books, and I seek out books on mindfulness. I have books by Jon Kabat-Zinn, Thich Nhat Hanh, and others that I rely on, but the first book I reach for is How to Live Well with Chronic Pain and Illness, by Toni Bernhard.
- One of the biggest things I need to do during a rough patch is to remember, it’s not my fault. I’m often hardest on myself during a rough patch, so I try to practice self compassion during this time most of all.
- During particularly rough patches I reach out to my therapist, remember, that’s what they are there for.
How do you get through a rough patch? Any suggestions?
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