Like I shared with you last month, I view the National Day Calendar for just the above reasons at https://nationaldaycalendar.com/calendar-at-a-glance/ April is the national month of hope and humor. I could not survive without either of these! The week of April 15-21 was neurodiagnostic week and the 16th was healthcare decisions day. In my field of practice, healthcare and neurology are important issues; I will elaborate later in ongoing medical blogs about these. But hope especially resonates with me on just a human, existential level. Even just a glimmer or spark of hope can keep us going in challenging times.
What so-called little things do you reach for or extend to others? A phone call, a smile, a lunch date, engage in any self-care activity (even for 5 minutes to catch a wee break), an offer of assistance, or asking for assistance? I recommend that caregivers who have difficulty asking for help try asking someone for a very specific, concrete thing, like perhaps a phone call or other research that would help the situation. Maybe give someone a greeting card to brighten their day, remind them they're on your mind. Possibly making breakfast for your partner, paying for someone's meal in the fast food line (someone did that for me last year!), holding someone's hand when they are sad and receptive to it, write an old friend. Look through an old photo album or cards/other keepsakes you've collected over the years, spend time with animals. Whatever ways we have found that work to care for self and share compassion/caring with others: let's all do more of that! I subscribe to the belief that these "little" things comprise much of our lives and are often really as important and/or related to the "bigger" things. For me, these little things have added up to a whole lotta life!
~Take good care, Suzannah