I have been doing a lot of reading to help get me back into a state of being, well, more like this when I wake up for the day:
And I actually found this article to be quite helpful: 4 Steps to Get Back on Track When Something Terrible Happens. I know what you are thinking, this 'absence of a half marathon goal' is hardly 'terrible' and I have an excellent flair for the dramatic, but hear me out - I think a lot of pent-up emotion was released at this triggering event and my brain read into this as 'trauma'. I'm the first to admit now that none of it is rational.
Anyway, 4 steps...
- Get your feet on the ground - that is, don't indulge your impulse to hide in a corner and despair. This was particularly easy for me to do last week since my husband was traveling for work, and I now see what a few minutes of FaceTime with good friends can do for my spirits.
- Pursue positivity - do anything that will trigger positive emotions. Meditation counts, as does exercise (see also: Exercise and Meditation Can Reduce Depression Symptoms), although I don't think running was going to be a very positive trigger for me last week. Last night, I went out to a local game night MeetUp group with my husband, despite the introvert in me wanting to just take a warm bath with a good book.
- Confront your feelings - this step sounds a lot like what I was discussing yesterday about avoiding negative self-talk.
- Get back out there - My natural reaction to my 'trauma' is to avoid running - because it reminds me of my failure. But... do I really see a future for myself without running?
Today's exercise: Rest. Tomorrow... "Getting back out there."