Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tip #8 for Navigating the Rough Seas of Widowhood

Grief is stressful--so much pain, so much loneliness.  Widowhood is stressful--so many details to attend to.  So what can you do? 

Pamper yourself.  Give yourself permission to take 30 minutes a day just for you.  What did you enjoy "before?"  Do it again. Do it for yourself..  Do it for today.

Soak in a bubble bath.  Read a beach book.  Take a walk in a park.  Visit a museum and lose yourself in a painting.  Browse in a bookstore ( a real one for a change, not online).  Plant a garden in one pot. Catch a fish.  Watch a sunset.  Buy a birdfeeder and watch birds.

Or if you want to be more daring, try something new--could be something small you've always wanted to do but never took the time for.  Make a bucket list (I did that the year after my husband died, and I've done most everything on it.)  Volunteer, perhaps somewhere that focuses on your spouse's illness. Read to children at a library or elementary school, or be a volunteer tutor. 

From somewhere, your late spouse will be cheering you on.

Take care, and stop by next Thursday for Tip #9



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