When I begin to recognize that I am not caring what I prepare to eat, merely grazing from the refrigerator or from the pantry shelf, that I am choosing the same shirt and pants to wear without caring to coordinate an "outfit," that the "to do" pile of mail is piling up because I really don't feel like doing anything, I just stop.
I find a book to read, I ignore my friends, I sort of go into hibernation-wallowing in my doldrums.
Sometimes I am "rescued" from myself by someone who needs me and by helping another I feel better.
This time I lifted myself up through "creature comforts." The store with the twenty per cent coupons had a sale on really soft bath towels--so I bought one. My son exchanged my regular shower head in my shower with a new one that sends the water cascading directly down, rather than at an angle that was too high for me to really enjoy-and I bought new sheets for my bed!
We all feel sad or depressed or stuck in a routine sometimes and we need to fiind some small pleasures to perk us up. What are yours?