Times are tough right now and maybe spring fever hasn't hit you like it has in years past. Money, the economy, violence,and any number of other things may have gotten in the way of celebrating the end of winter and the beginning of spring. Here are a few tips to put life into perspective....
1. Take one day at a time. Sometimes, when you are dealing with a serious illness or caring for a child with a disability, an aging parent, or the death of a loved one the winter of your life may seem as if it will never end. During those times you may need to take life one hour at a time. That is okay.
2. Take time to really notice one beautiful thing each day. It may be a flower poking through the muddy mess left by winter or the sunset or the first spring birds. Make an effort to find something that is striking and enjoy it even for a moment. ( Try to notice more than the bird poop)
3. Smile. Smile at something funny, a happy memory, a sleeping child, a dog and his antics...whatever you can find for just one smile, and then another one and another one. Before you know it you may actually smile for more than a moment. Smiling is contagious and makes you feel better.
4. Choose your worries wisely. Life is short, too short to worry about what might happen. Instead, concentrate on what is happening now. If what is happening is tough, concentrate on getting through just this one thing. Worry about what comes next later.
5. Find a hobby or interest. Having an outside interest, even when things are going south will give your a few minutes everyday to think about something else. Read a chapter a day in a best seller. Write 10 minutes a day about your worries and then toss the page into a the trash along with the fear. Sew, quilt, paint, scrapbook, journal, do crossword puzzles, or any small activity that can take your thoughts away from the problem for just a few minutes a day. consider it a mini vacation.
6. Think spring.... winter only lasts so long and the sun is sure to shine again someday soon, no matter what is going on in your corner of the world. Just take it one day at a time.