Happy Monday my friends! How was your weekend?
Hope you found some time to relax and unwind before the business of the week starts up! If you missed it, don’t forget to enter to win an autographed copy of Shannon Cutts book, Beating Ana!
Now, let’s talk about unpredictable weather conditions. With the seasons changing (for some, depending on where you live) weather conditions can quickly disrupt your daily routines. Whether it be snow, rain, or ice…delays and cancellations are common. For some, the idea of an improv “snow day” is exciting and appreciated. They may spend the last minute day off relaxing or catching up on things around the house. For others, this disruption in one’s routine can cause anxiety and they may be left feeling bored and restless. And even self criticizing themselves for not enjoying having a day off. Which only leads to more anxiety…
So what can you do if you are one of those who experience anxiety when “snowed in”? First of all, remind yourself to be gentle and kind with your thoughts. The thoughts you have about the “why” you are not enjoying this improv “day off” may at first be critical towards oneself, but instead, try changing them to be gentle words you would speak to a friend in your current mind set and situation.
Secondly, have a “snowed in” check list ready prior to the flurries arriving! Just as one would normally prepare for the weather by having salt, shovels and back up food and water…prepare yourself with activities to keep you feeling safe and occupied. For some, this would be having a stack of interesting books, spending time online (just be sure you are visiting recovery friendly sites to keep your anxiety levels low), calling some friends or family that you haven’t been able to speak with due to being so busy with your routine, having knitting supplies or craft supplies ready to spend your time being creative, having your Nextflix filled with “feel good” movies and TV Shows, bake holiday cookies, decorate your home, etc.
And thirdly, reach out to us at BE ME. You are not alone. There are many interactive services for you to engage in on BE ME. We have online meal support, a recovery focused blog, recovery stories of hope and an active Facebook page. All are healthy places to spend your time online and will help you feel better.
Enjoy your day!
And remember to Always Be YOU,