Take it One Day at a Time
by Kevin Caruso
The intense emotional pain that you feel as a suicide survivor can make it hard to function.
So take small steps -- and always remember to take life one day at a time.
You certainly need to look ahead at obligations that you need to meet beyond today, but focus most of your attention on today.
So think about what you can do today --
What can you do today to get help for yourself and your family?
What can you do today to constructively express your emotions about the suicide?
What can you do today to make yourself feel a little better?
What can you do today to honor and remember your loved one who passed away?
What special person can you communicate with today? -- someone who will listen, understand, and be supportive.
What can you do today to help yourself relax a little?
What type of exercise can you do today so you can release some of your tension?
Do you need to cry today? If you do, then cry for as long as you want, in the way that is best for you.
Do you need to write about how you feel today? If you do, then get a pen and notebook and begin writing.
Do you want to go out today? If you do, then visit a place that is special to you.
Give some thought to what you want to do today. And then do the best you can with just today.
Be gentle with yourself.
And always take it one day at a time, my friend.
If you or someone you know is suicidal, please go to the Home Page of this website for immediate help.
I love you.