Things we can do to help ourselves
Talking brings thoughts and emotions out into the open for exploration. Talking opens pathways among people, enhances our social support, and makes us feel less lonely and more understood.
When we listen carefully to other people, we learn about them, and can relate more intimately. By listening to others, we make them feel heard and whole, and through this profound service to them, we feel more whole ourselves.
Serving the sick and helpless, tutoring, cleaning a highway or helping build a home lifts our spirits and gives us a sense of purpose.
Belonging to organizations, whether religious, political, community, or self-help, brings us together to share the wealth of our spirit.
Work gives more than a paycheck. It connects us with peers, lets us use our energy to serve others, and provides a focused, structured passing of time.
Read books, listen to tapes
Reading books and listening to tapes exercises the verbal capacity of our mind. Stories shake loose the cobwebs, stimulate insights, and open our eyes to how others live.
In the privacy of a journal, we connect with words that help us understand our situation. Journaling daily provides enlightenment and satisfaction.
Pets and plants
The relationship with other life-forms satisfies some invisible thirst and injects a spark of light into our lives.
Dance, play a musical instrument, sing, paint, draw, write poetry. When we express ourselves freely we open ourselves up to a deeper wellspring of our Soul.
Exercise improves our mood, blows off stress, uses up calories, and strengthens our heart.
When we eat, drink, watch TV, or gamble more than we want, we drain away creative energy we could be applying to life's everyday challenges.
Once a habit is formed, it sweeps us along and gives us energy to do the things we want to do. Build a routine that takes you closer to your goals.
Hobbies, studies, sports, and other passionate interests in life enliven and enrich us, hook us up with others, and diversify our portfolio of accomplishments.
The words we choose affect the way we feel. With practice and exercise, you can replace angry, gloomy thoughts with optimistic and enthusiastic ones.
Seek relationship with Higher Power
The universe can be a forbidding lonely place. Praying to a higher power breaks down the walls of isolation, and gives transcendent purpose to our lives.
By meditating we practice letting go of distracting thoughts that take us away from now. Developing the skill to be here now brings vibrancy and focus to our everyday life.
Seek wisdom, mentoring
Connections with a supportive network of family, clergy, and mentors provides unconditional love, insight, and collective wisdom.
Collaborating with a counselor can help us learn about our thoughts, actions, and feelings, and offer us new choices.