I found this graphic and though I don’t know where it comes from originally, I absolutely love it. It speaks to me so clearly.
Whether you are a writer or not, you can still take this advice:
Breathe. Go on, do it now. Deeply. Slowly. Close your eyes even. Feels good, doesn’t it?
Write. Journal; do morning pages; make a list of ways you plan to be nicer to yourself; write a letter to someone you miss; put a love note in your honey’s lunch, or your child’s; write a secret note and tuck it in the pages of a book someone is reading; write a positive mantra to a stranger and leave it on a bench.
Shine. Ah, this one I like the most. I think of it as: Let yourself be yourself–don’t judge, don’t make yourself smaller, don’t hide. Say what you mean, ask for what you deserve. Tell someone something you’ve been wanting to say. Create. Make art. Get silly. Laugh when you might try to control. Say yes to something new.
This is your work for the day.
I have faith you can do this.