I have been listening to a Saturday morning Radio 4 feature about sending thankfulness messages to people who have made a difference in their life even years later.
It has been on my mind for many years, but recently a friend contacted me and her risk taking prompted me to send an email to a friend who I have not seen after 25 years where his emotional support played a really important part in my life. I realised I did not need to get a reply but it felt good to honour someone who played an important part in my early years.
This is not unfamiliar to the world of psychotherapy. Giving back to others, writing gratitude journals, giving permission to pleasures and leisures that have all been tools suggested by CBT to improve mood. If you are noticing your mood dropping, it may be time to take stock of how much time is being assigned to rest, pleasures and perhaps how much time is being given to self reflection of who in your life has really added a great deal. You may even feel able to take a risk yourself to reconnection. Who knows what this could bring to your life?