I don’t know about you, but when I’m going through periods of stress I always tell myself “this too shall pass.” And it always does.
I sit here with the pupsters on the couch with my little Duraflame stove warming me.
Thankfully, my cough is almost gone. I’ve never had one hang on that long. I seem to sleep more. Like my body is just tired.
It has been a month of worry. The health insurance problem, which, I THINK, may be solved. Not sure yet. The fact that I’ve had a lot of medical bills to pay recently.
That I had to relocate this blog, which was costly, and yet I’m making much less money this month due to various factors.
One factor is the mere moving of the blog, though I really had to do it. Another was having my blog down for days on end. Another is that the first quarter of the year is often a tough time financially for bloggers due to advertisers having spent the bulk of their money during the holidays.
Oh, and can’t forget taxes…
Never Let yourself forget:
This too shall pass. I always fall back on those four little words.
When a bunch of things are going on at one time, I tend to get overwhelmed with worry. I imagine everyone does, so I’m no exception. I try to stop the worry pattern in its tracks. But you know how things you don’t want to think about seem to slip into your mind unnoticed.
When this happens, I try to keep to my regular schedule, do what I always do. Try to stay on an even course.
I gaze at my house plants, thinking how the very existence of them cleans the air that I breathe. How the pupsters are at my side no matter what. How the sun still comes up every morning and slips into darkness every evening.
Go with the flow:
The world keeps going like a carousel. I try to keep going with it.
So much to be thankful for. The roof over my head. The patio that I so enjoy in nice weather. Candles flickering in the shadows of evening.
The pretty coffee mugs I can see hanging from where I sit. The bits of red scattered throughout this apartment.
I think back to the last six years living on my own, and say to myself: I didn’t do so bad after all.
Worry is useless:
Worry is a thankless, useless, regrettable course of inaction. But we all do it. We just have to learn to float along in our little boat, riding the waves.
I do not lament these things because my worry is any different than yours. It isn’t.
But when I find myself needlessly worrying, I tend to read quotes that keep me afloat. I focus on the words so as not to focus on things I can’t control.
Because the words give me peace. And I’m hoping they’ll do the same for you. Because we all have to have something to hang onto sometimes.
That’s just life. Because none of us are promised tomorrow. Or the next day or the one after that.
Live for today:
We only have today.
Breathe deeply. Drink water. Meditate. Stretch your muscles and get moving. Drink more water.
Be nice to yourself. Worry doesn’t mean you have to self-flagellate. Don’t whip yourself into a frenzy over what you cannot change.
Get up and move your furniture around. Just for the heck of it. Create a vignette. Repot a plant. Get a notebook and plan your garden. Look at seed catalogs for inspiration. Or old gardening magazines.
Using creativity as therapy:
Do something creative. Paint a piece of furniture. Purge your closet. Or maybe just a drawer. Gather the things you no longer want or need in a box to take to a charity. Someone else will need these things.
Get out nice linens you seldom use and use them. Spritz the air with lavender water. And give the bed linens a little spritz as well.
Take a walk. Listen to the birds. Photograph your surroundings. You will find beauty through that lens. I always do.
Don’t just sit with your worry and let it consume you like an out of control fire. Take control of it and don’t let it control you.
Drink more water.
This too shall pass.