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Monday Blues

ART by Chey

This post is a little message just to give support to everyone. We all have challenges, admit it or not. Monday can sometimes be intense when those of us who are sensitive feel everything. More on that later.

I just had a conversation with my daughter who is the mother of a child with cystic fibrosis, a disease requiring twice daily lung treatments with a breathing machine and vest, digestive enzymes every time she eats, and compromised pancreatic functioning.  CFers must be super cautious about exposure to germs, bacteria,  and colds. They can’t fight infections like normal people. While medical researchers  are on fast-track in finding a cure for CF, living with it in the family, or being a CFer oneself requires great courage and tenacity. In the old days a child with CF was not expected to live long, but now with technology and medications, life quality has changed for the better.

 Shay is now eight years old and in third grade. She does the normal activities most children do such as attending school, playing sports, doing art. She has recently started horseback riding. Horses and animals are such a great source of comfort and are proven therapy for so many.

 On the national CF news, we’ve  all been following Sarah’s  progress. She’s the child who finally received permission (can you believe this?) to have a double lung transplant. So far, so good! Go Sarah, parents, supporters, and medical team.

But, about those Monday blues: for working people as well as folks not in the traditional 9-5 system, moms, dads, retired folks, and students, Mondays can be cruel. You might feel forgotten and inconsequential, but nobody is forgotten. Truly!

For those in the workforce, the first day of the week can be just as stressful, especially if a “boss” is troublesome  or your cubicle is near that one nagging co-worker. Anyone can relate.

For everyone who has a great and happy life regardless of the Monday blues, I applaud you.

Here’s what I suggest for the Monday blues:

  • Keep a gratitude journal and write a list of the good things in your life
  • Take at least ½ hour for exercise
  • Find a recommended support group, study group, or counselor just to have someone to talk with.
  • If you enjoy spirituality, drop into a church, meditation center, or the library and meditate on gathering quiet strength.
  • Treat yourself to a massage. If you can’t afford it, find a relaxation CD and take 10 minutes just for yourself.
  • Watch a silly movie. No time? BS! Take 10 minutes for silliness and play. Toss a ball up in the air for 10 minutes. Ok, 5 minutes.

The universe loves it when we are happy. I’ll try if you will. Remember to drink plenty of fresh water.

All the best to you and yours.

Happy journaling!

above: art by Shay

Author:

I'm a writer, artist, and spiritual intuitive. Illustrated journals are my passion and I've been journaling since childhood. I believe in the power of sharing stories together. Working on a memoir.

2 thoughts on “Monday Blues

  1. HI Sue – Loved all the collected reminders for self-care. What caught my eye especially was the invitation to visit a library. For those of us who love books and solitude within the midst of others, this is a perfect place for quiet reflection. Libraries can also be a great place for small writing groups – another of the self-care activities that can nurture our hearts and minds. Thank you … Rae

    1. Hi Rae! Great to see you. Thanks for stopping by to comment. You are so right about libraries. We are lucky to have two libraries in our area that are open regularly, one of the perks of living near a big city. Hope your summer is going well. Happy writing!

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