Getting out of a funk

Hey readers,

You probably are aware if you read my blog that I suffer from mental health issues, mainly depression and anxiety related.

It appears that I seem to take a lot of energy every day to try and lead and some sort of existence in my life.One of the problems is that I have days where I just cannot get motivated or I just walk around feeling meh.

The days when I really have to force myself to get up and carry on with day-to-day living.I think it’s one of the hardest challenges you face if you have depression.It’s lack of incentive and desire to do anything that is the trouble. So if you like me and have days like this then I’m going to tell you some of the ways I find helpful to ease the pain and to get out of that funk.

The first thing is to step away from social media because that can suck up all your energy especially if you have a habit of comparing yourself to other people. Just remember that we all on our own journey and what you see is not necessarily what is happening in someone’s real life.

I find that if I have a hot drink and some breakfast and take him half an hour to have a relaxation without the pressure that can help too.

Having the main to-do list and then focus on one or two things to do off that list eases the day ahead.  I don’t then put pressure on myself but if I get a couple of things done then at least I have achieved something, then I won’t be so hard on myself.

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instead of sitting dwelling on your thoughts and your feelings doing something to distract yourself away from thinking can be really helpful and give you a fresh slate to think about something different.

I hope this has helped you is there anything that you find helpful to get you out of the funk I’d love to hear your suggestions.

Cheers for reading X

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Why daily routines are good

Hey readers,

I love having a daily routine. There are times in my life where things happen such as Christmas where that routine goes out of the window. During these times it really makes me appreciate a routine even more. I literally pine after that routine and get itchy feet to put down a to-do-list for the day.

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Here are some positive reasons why having a daily routine can be really beneficial to you.

Because it creates automatic habits over time that you don’t need to think about. Therefore, leading to not having to use your time to think about it means you are being more efficient to do other things.

Less need to plan when you have a regular routine because you subconsciously just do it, in turn, leads to healthy habits that you automatically do over time.

Routines help creates motivation to keep going because you can see the benefits that a routine is having on your life.

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Once you have your s**t together you will be quicker. Therefore more time to relax.

Less likely to procrastinate because you wire your brain to do the things that need doing as you have a plan and know what to expect.

You will feel more in control as you know what you are doing, giving you the confidence to get stuff done.

Having a plan for the day can help you get a better night sleep when you know what to expect without having to dread the night before what the day will happen.

It gives you a sense of security as you know what to expect and can make you feel comfortable about life.

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Routines help reduces stress levels as you feel more confident, in control and having that sense that you can get something done in a day.

Having a routine can help give you a structure to your day.

I hope that has inspired you.

Cheers for reading X

Beat the post Christmas blues

Hey Readers,

You know that feeling after Christmas when they climax can make you feel bleh and like nothing is exciting because it is all happened. Not to mention that you gained more pounds and lost some via the bank, sigh. So, I have looked at some ways to help feel less blue.

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With Christmas we have spend more time at home, indulging in food and sitting watching copious amounts of television. A change of scenery is good especially when it is out in nature and going for walks outside. It is a fantastic way to blow of them cobwebs and you really do feel tons better.

Since Christmas I for one have been so focused on dealing presents, food, entertainment that now I have got nothing to focus on. That is why making plans and doing something exciting can really help give you back that cest for life. It doesn’t even have to be something big, it could be just a walk to your local library and reading some new books.

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Of course a good way to feeling better is eating more healthy choices and reduce the amount of sugar laden food. You feel much better physically and mentally for it.

Sometimes, it is easy to get stuck in a pity party especially after all the excitement of Christmas has vanished. Sometimes just changing the way you think or looking at the things that you do have and being thankful really make you feel tons better.

Have you noticed that Christmas routine slips away, you relax and take it easy. You may have been really busy with social engagements so getting to a routine can help you feel so much better and a bit more in control.

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Obviously, we love a good drink or two, why not it’s Christmas. But now that Christmas is finished reduce the amount of alcohol will help you greatly, as alcohol is a depressant so can influence your mood hugely.

What things have helped you shift the feeling of post Christmas blues?

Cheers for reading X

Time 

Sometimes, it’s hard to find inspiration but then things happen which you don’t realise and that inspire you to write.

When I’m feeling lost, I walk away from that situation because the more I think about it the more confused I get. 

Allow myself time to think gives me opportunity for more avenues to work on. give me the chance to make mistakes but also learn from them. he gives me time to think about where I want to go and the vision I have rather than just rushing around getting lost and confused. it is probably the best advice I could give.

Keep writing 

Hey readers,

People say, ‘just keep writing’  is the mantra to live by. I write my blog on all sorts of things that inspire me, from poetry to the food I love. I am not a niche kind of person, I just go with what inspires me within that moment and share it with the world.

There are days when I completely lost my motivation to continue to write or even log into WordPress. As a suffer from anxiety and depression the simplest things can feel like climbing a mountain and sadly one of them is writing. Even though from a young age have found writing down the better way for me to communicate my emotions, the struggle is there.

But when I write it makes a huge difference to me. The hardest bit is to actually get started, as soon as crack that then my thoughts just flow and I have so many thoughts believe me and you!

Sometimes, I think my writing is rubbish, though I believe that should not stop me from writing as it has purpose.  I do believe it is a good mantra to keep writing, no matter what the length, one sentence or pages of words, it keeps your mind light up and can open up new ideas.  Not to mention the benefit of keeping constantly writing every day can build up your confidence and improve in the skill of writing. We can’t be all natural, but we can practice. Deep down that is ok, because even if no one enjoys my content, I still am getting something out of it, no matter if it is big or small it is helping. There are many other worse things to do in life then ramble of some words (my interpretation of  my work). Of course, I am my hardest critic. However, I am going to remain optimistic because I enjoy ands it helps deal with the shit in my life.

Cheers for reading X