I will try to learn how to relax today.
“Be kind to yourself. Don’t push yourself too hard. Relax. Enjoy yourself.
One of the signs that I see when I gradually leave my depression is that I am beginning to be kind to myself. I am seeing to it that my diet is more nutritional, that I get myself to the dentist or doctor for a regular checkup and I begin to take stock of my life and the direction that it is taking. (See Depressed Anonymous Workbook /Step Four for a detailed analysis of this process). Many times in the context of the self-help group we are able to support each other with our ideas of how we can take better care of ourselves.
When I was sadding myself, I was always to tired to do anything for myself. I could never muster up the energy to do that something special that might lift my spirit or take my mind off my problems. To relax was anathema to me because I was always judging myself by the amount of stuff I could produce. Now, in the program, I gradually let go from my clutched hand all control and let the Higher Power run my life. Take some deep breaths, take a walk and think in images of those favorite places which always brightened your life.
God, you will not be displeased with us because we might be enjoying ourselves. You know of all the things that we need today is to see some funny movie, or to be with a friend who might make us laugh.
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