Self care when it’s difficult

As you’re likely aware, I am really struggling lately. I feel sad, depressed, frustrated and hope is really hard to hang on to. I’ve been trying not to put pressure on myself that may cause further anxiety, but I have pushed to focus on self care. I think it’s especially important when times are tough by either internal or external causes.

I showed you the start of my garage crafting table a few posts ago. I love to color, make gemstone and glass jewelry as well as smashbook/art journaling. Coloring has been especially nice when my brain is as fuzzy as it has been making reading nearly impossible. I haven’t been able to head out there to work because of my hip, but I’ve been coloring daily.

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Some improvements to my crafting area.

I’ve also felt even more isolated and even the idea of social interaction stirs up PTSD symptoms. I normally do enjoy the company of others, so I’ve decided to slowly ease back in. I met a really pleasant older couple at my surgeon’s office a few months back and Blanche and I spoke today. Her first question (other than “how are you?”) was “when are you coming over to visit us?”. How could I not make plans to do so? I was invited for lunch this Wednesday and although I’m sure this will cause anxiety on some level, I’m looking forward to it. They are both kind, interesting and upbeat and I could use some time surrounded by that.

My life seems and is boring. A lot of things I’d like to do are on hold simply due to my housing situation. I do have plans and goals I wish to achieve, but for now I need people and activities to keep me engaged and hopeful about the future. I can’t continue to feel empty and useless, because that’s when I start to wonder why I even bother.

The goals I have are closer than I know. I have to believe that. I need that to be true. I will not be stuck here much longer. This zebra will find her home!

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8 thoughts on “Self care when it’s difficult

  1. Your crafting space looks great, especially your colored pencil collection. I’ve started coloring as well and I was surprised by how much more I enjoy it now than I did when I was a kid. I’ve joked that I was forced to use crayons back then and now that I get to pick my own pencils and markers I feel liberated! 🙂
    Take care!

    -Mark

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    • Isn’t it great, Mark? It’s great for stress, anxiety and being creative, especially if you can’t draw very well like me! I feel the same way! Coloring now is so cathartic, not forced! I make custom pen/pencil/marker/etc like the one pictured if you or anyone you know would be interested in one! Surprisingly not all that heavy! 💕Dani

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