about the word
that wakes up
Cancer patients don’t get to have
But hey silly,
a state of mind,
have to make
Here are a few suggestions for starters:
1. Let the sun shine in
Directions: As your alarm clock beeps in the morning,
stumble to your window and open your curtains, blinds, or shades.
Get back in bed and savor the morning summer sunshine for a few minutes.
It is here longer than any other time of year.
2. Enjoy a lazy long stretch
Directions: Place loose fists up to your neck,
directly under your ears and stretch your elbows up and out,
while arching your back.
Stretch like a cat or a baby, and Yawn, Yawn, Yawn.
Your body will love it and will help you do the rest.
3. Summer Day-Dream
Directions: Take something tangible to therapy that triggers a fond summer memory.
Put it where you can see it or touch it.
During your summer day,
take a break for a day-dream,
close your eyes,
and think of every sense in that summer moment.
What do you hear, taste, smell, see, feel…
What will you bring to daydream about?
Is it a…
Charleston Chew candy bar
basket of blueberries
tiny jar of sand
rock from a hike
photo of your dog
4. Change up your norm–it’s summer!
Directions: Give yourself permission to lollygag.
a. Read or listen to that book you have been wanting to all year
b. Go for a electronically-naked walk. (A walk with only natural surprises)
c. Buy yourself a treat
d. Bring a sack lunch full of summer foods
and find a fort to enjoy it in.
g. Take time to chat with strangers
make summer happen!
“It isn’t the great big pleasures
that count the most,
it’s making a great deal
out of the little ones.” –Jean Webster