I need a new mindset
For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you will have seen that last week was a hard week for me. Plagued with grief and self-doubt I sunk into a bad mindset that I am yet to pull myself out of.
No one with depression likes feeling this way and it is hard to get a grip on however, now that April is here I want to attempt to start afresh. I want this month to be the month that I find things that help my mindset.
I don’t expect to end my journey with depression but I want to have a look at ways in which I can handle it better and see what works for me and what doesn’t.
Using the NHS tips from their website I plan to do the following:
Stay in touch
I will admit that after losing my dad, I pulled back a lot from people. I was in a bubble which meant I only surrounded myself with people who were there in the days of my dads passing.
This month I have some exciting blog events to attend, as well as some occasions to celebrate with my family. Also, I am finally taking Adam to meet some people who are very special to me.
With claims that socialising can improve your mood, I plan on putting this to the test!
Be more active
Recently I have been terrible when it comes to keeping fit and watching what I eat. I am the poster girl for ‘eating your emotions’ and I know that I need to get a grip on this. So along with my two beautiful furbabies, I plan on walking daily and a blogger friend of mine suggested yoga, so I may even give that ago.
I am also going to attempt to not turn to food when I am feeling low and instead find something else to keep me occupied.
Face your fears
Honestly losing my dad was one of my biggest fears but I suppose this means the fears that are triggered by my depression. For example, walking into a room full of people and feeling ok in my own skin. Looking in the mirror and not being repulsed by what I see.
Don’t drink too much alcohol
I already do this one. Admittedly I like having a drink when socialising with friends but when I am low I will not turn to alcohol as I never want it to become a crutch.
Try to eat a healthy diet
Like I said above I am a comfort eater! This, unfortunately, culminates in a vicious cycle of eating, guilt, eating and so on. I want to stop this! I love chocolate, ice cream and everything that is bad for me and I need to realise that it doesn’t help how I am feeling. Moderation needs to become my friend!
Have a routine
From walking the dogs to planning my freelance work, I need to get into a routine that has a good balance. I need to make sure that every aspect of my life is healthy and balanced.
This April I am going to put this all into practice, I’ll update you in May as to how I get on.