A series of illustrated self-care attempts; a list of imperfect coping strategies inspired by the book, “More Misery,” by Suzanne Heller.
Before moving abroad, I wrote down a list of goals to refer back to when I was having a bad day or felt too overwhelmed.
Goal: Write down one positive thing a day.
Reality: I washed my underwear, that’s positive right?
Goal: Go outside once a day
Reality: I opened the door and thought about it.
Goal: Learn to cook
Reality: Why can’t I cook rice properly?
Goal: Write a to do list for the next day
Reality: I am less productive than I think I am
Goal: Read more
Reality: Reading on the bus makes me feel nauseous
Reality: Running with Sir-Poop-A-Lot means more stopping than starting
Goal: Socialize at least once a week.
Reality: I spoke with the cashier.
Goal: Clean the house
Reality: Muddy footprints always appear right after I sweep and mop.
Goal: Listen to music
Reality: Wallow in sadness while listening to sad songs
Truthfully, everyone suffers with different types of sadness for a variety of reasons. For me, this list of goals, albeit trial and error, sometimes helps. When my expectations are not my reality, laughing at myself helps too.
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