By Laura Johnson-Hughes
So much in life is out of our control
We do not always know why things happen the way they do
In times of uncertainty it can be difficult to decide next steps
Our doubts can change the path we are taking
Critical thoughts can consume us
We can get stuck
The directions given to us by airlines when flying tells us, if there is an emergency and the oxygen mask is deployed, breath for yourself and then give the oxygen to others. It is easy to forget to take care of yourself when being pulled in so many directions, especially when time, energy and support is limited.
When too sad, too mad, or too worried, consider trying a variety of ways to cope. A gesture, a smile or a laugh can change the course of your thoughts, feelings, and actions.
This checklist has reminders of various ways to focus on self-care. I hope something on this list gives you pause, positivity, and patience.
If you are stuck, know you are not alone and please reach out to someone that can help.
With all the best,
Laura Johnson-Hughes is a staff therapist at Child and Family Solutions Center. She works with children, teens and adults. She is conducting teletherapy with her clients and is accepting new referrals. She can be reached at 248-851-5437 and LJHughes@childfsc.com