I always talk openly and honestly about my mental health journey on here especially now I am working full time in this arena.
A lot of people out there are struggling and are in bad places. We encourage and support where we can.
I am in a great place in my life and probably in the best place physically and mentally I have ever been.
The temptation to hide when things aren't perfect, when you are not living your best life is strong. I dislike the whole best life concept but that's for another post.
I used to think recovery was a place separate from the shite of the past.
I now see it as stepping stones across a river. I step from stone to stone but every now and again I wobble and get my feet wet.
Last week for lots of reasons I fell in the bloody stream.
My change of viewpoint or new perspective however you like to look at it allows me to be the wonderfully flawed human I am and be happy even when things are not going well.
This week share the lowlights not just the highlights.
Enjoy the journey.
3 things I do to help me deal with stress
To give this post the proper level of respect such a serious topic deserves please read it whilst humming the old top of the pops theme.
I say no and I say it a lot.
Boundaries are essential to ensure you don't become overwhelmed and not everyone needs to like you all the time.
I have a kindness jar.
Every time I say something unkind to myself and get caught doing it I have to put some money away in a jar.
It's amazing how quickly I stopped calling myself names and slagging myself off. What can I say I'm Scottish 😀.
How we talk to ourselves in our inner voice will absolutely play a part in how we react to our days.
Not taking the dog for a walk, although I do.
Not marching round the local park building up a sweat whilst consuming audiobooks and podcasts.
I walk all the places most other people will jump in the car.
It gives me space between meetings, I still do it now between zoom meetings, it gives me fresh air and gentle exercise. It gives me headspace. It gives me time to be me.
What’s your top tip?