My routine of getting up at around 6:00 AM seems really now to be locked in stone. It only got thrown off a little by my travels so I showered last night instead of this morning but that’s okay as I took care of everything else. In fact, in this first 20 minutes of my day, I managed to get a fair amount done already and this feels kind of good. Again, I have proved to myself how important routine is in mental stability.
The main mission for today is to get at least three job applications out there as there is no need to overwhelm so anything and above that magic number is a pleasant bonus. I remember from my partial hospitalization program the importance of setting very specific goals as the mental illness community tends to be vague. If I recall correctly, Ms. Tangie, one of the educators, said that setting very specific goals helps avoid the sense of overwhelming and allows somebody to meet with success. This is going to take some practice.
I am really and truly determined to avoid a relapse this time by making the commitment to myself to maintain the healthy routines that I have established, setting small achievable goals, and separating the facts of a situation from the feelings. If I can do these things, then I will be in good shape. I also want and need to be drinking enough water now that the heat and humidity are in full swing.
This evening I have a fun activity to look forward to with my friends, Jim and Diane. We are going to play this really fun little smartphone game called Among Us. It is kind of like the board game Clue but for outer space. Each game lasts, at most 5 minutes, so we end up playing at least 10 games over an hour-long period. Among Us is kind of a reward for getting everything done that I have to.