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When you’re feeling bad and you’re laying in bed with no motivation to move or you just feel like crying, ask yourself what you’re thinking. A stale routine with no adventure is a breeding ground for depression and loneliness. But it’s still possible to reach out and connect with other humans. Donate an hour of your time at the battered women’s shelter, hospital, or food kitchen near you.

Make a vow to do something different, to push yourself past your comfort zone, to have a little “adventure”. If you go to a store, force yourself to talk with someone you see. It doesn’t have to be a strenuous workout for 30-60 minutes. Go to your nearest YMCA and get in the pool just to play around. Pull up You Tube and dance to a video or follow along on an exercise video. If you want to go out, check out what’s going on in your area at Hear about a tough time a co-worker is going through? Visit a nursing home and spend some time visiting with an elderly person.

Do you ever wish you had experts available to give you advice? Then I chose people I wanted as my mentors or advisors.

The best part about reading (I think), is that we can learn from others who have “been there and done that” so we don’t need to go through the same struggles or learning experiences ourselves.

Send them an email or a letter to let them know how their story resonated with you and thank them for their advice. I don’t know if this is helpful or everyone or just me, but I love to create something from scratch.

It makes me feel useful, happy, and sometimes it connects me to other people. Go to and create a website to share your passions, your struggles, your ideas, or your knowledge. Browse Pinterest or or instructables.com, find something you can make and then make it. And when you’re in the midst of it, you’re too preoccupied to wallow in all your problems and negative thinking.

Whatever you’re struggling with, whatever challenges you’re facing, I’m willing to bet there’s someone who’s “been there and done that”.

Search for memoirs, biographies, or autobiographies then take the time to read them.

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