1. Do something.
Do something first thing in the morning. Make your bed. Then, make a list of things to do today. Write down – Make my bed. Now, check it off your list of things to do for the day. Continue extending your list of things to do, possibly with the following suggestions.
2. Be active.
An excellent second thing to do for the day is exercise. Exercise for 15 minutes, if that is all you have time to do. Then, check that off your list of things to do. Plus, exercise will do more for your mood and well-being than any feel-good pill ever. A good doctor will confirm this, but I can not vouch for licensed or non-licensed pill salespeople. Be active at the shooting at the range, ice fishing, fly tying, cross country skiing, watching dog sled races, supporting our local club and high school sports teams, reading books, writing a book, hobbies, home improvement projects. You get the idea.
3. Help others!
The best way to help yourself is to serve others. I know it sounds illogical, but it is true. Look around you, and you can find others in need of help, or a driveway to clear, or furniture to move. Sometimes others just need someone to share time with or a story. It’s also easy to find others with more significant problems and challenges than your own if you open your eyes.
Any interest, cause, or hobby that you may have, has a group or organization waiting for you to become involved. There are book clubs, fly fishing clubs, gyms, environmental groups, veterans organizations, churches, you could referee or coach school sports teams, swim club, bowling or indoor golf leagues. The list is endless.
5. Take baby steps.
Just get started and do not expect to be perfect at anything at first. The hard part may be to start and not feel too conscientious about not being a pro right at first. For example, many folks who try to work off those extra holiday calories tend to overdo it when they try to get back into those good habits. They often have setbacks because of injury from starting too vigorously. So, try to start again on the right trail with those baby steps.
6. Read the ECHO,
because it has positive stories and news, and we have a positive and caring community. Next month is about community service.
Remember: You can do it! And as Red-Green said: “Keep your stick on the ice. And we are pulling for you.”
I never run out of things to do, just hours each day.