Truth be told I totally forgot it was the end of the month. But I’m glad I get to write this post! I don’t have much to share in terms of a wish list, so I am going with that what I’ve learned this month (surprise surprise). I only have three things, as I totally forgot to keep track during the month!
1 – Gratitude is important - Walking to the supermarket this morning it struck me how fortunate I am, and by this I just mean having a roof over my head and just general things that are taken for granted. I am in no way suggesting that everything is perfect; I could rattle off 100 things wrong with my life right now, and I’m sure you could too - but you know what? I want to appreciate all that is great in my life and allows me to continue to function at ease, whilst figuring out how to deal with the rest.
2 – Exercise is vital. This isn’t something I share quite openly but I’m coming off of my medication that I take for depression (my doctors and I think it’s time), I’m aware that certain changes need to be made in my life to live a positive one and one of those things is exercise. I went for a swim last week, after three days of feeling incredibly anxious and it was amazing how much better I felt after. I’m not an active person and I really believe that as a result, I have a lot of adrenaline bumbling around in me from all the emotions I keep in and exercise helps to keep that in check.
3 – Watching a film will keep me sane. I know this will seem odd but I’m not a huge fan of sitting down and just watching a film. I don’t watch TV. I do however watch TV series episode after episode, but even those I forget to watch consistently. But something I learned from CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) was the power of distraction and watching a film is great for me. I sat down and watched one last week and I’m super amazed at the effect it had on me. Usually when I get home, I’m reading blogs and just generally taking in a lot of things from social media and it’s exhausting. Sitting back and not thinking, is a way to keep all that noise out. And considering what I mentioned in point number 2, I’m glad I rediscovered this because I know I’m going to need my coping skills more than ever!
So that is it for this month! I hope that this made sense, I wanted to get it out before I completely forgot. I’m aware there were no easy to digest bits of information there – but it’s the truth so I guess that’s what matters.
I hope you’ve all had a great weekend and are ready for September!
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