Sometimes I think we girls need to take a little extra care of ourselves to stay in a good spot.
Here are some of the things that are currently helping me to keep my head above water…
I’m watching what information I’m filling my day with
Even down to not picking up the ladies magazine that has a little too many illness-related articles in it, I’m aware that I need to be extra choosy about what I’m surrounding myself with when I’m a little on the wobbly side, mental health-wise.
I often find myself needing to scale back my social media consumption and avoiding the news altogether.
For me, feel-good input includes more Escape to the Country, more Glee (!) more positive podcasts and more novels that I know won’t be troubling: I’ve just re-read Rebecca and loved the sheer escapism of all the drama.
I’m getting less accomplished
I have a tendency to try and get a week’s worth of chores done in one day, but deciding to slow it all down a bit can be a really good idea.
Right now, I’m tackling one or two jobs that I’d like to get done each day, then leaving the rest of the ‘to do’ list for another day.
I’m also making a little more time than usual for activities that are refreshing and good for my soul: gardening, crafting and reading.
I’m lightening up in the creation department
It’s okay to make something completely daft from time to time; it’s okay to make an uber-simple layout or to abandon creation altogether if we’re just not feeling it right now.
Unless creativity is your job, it’s sometimes a brilliant idea to hit the red light and give yourself a proper breather. That way, you can come back feeling refreshed, inspired and raring to go.
I’m watching the self-talk
I don’t know about you, but I’m not the best of friends to myself. I don’t speak to myself all that gently or encouragingly and it’s so important that we do, especially if close family supporters are thin on the ground.
I’m making sure that I’m telling myself,
“I’m proud of you: look at all you’ve dealt with and how you’re still up for more challenge.”
I’m working on self-acceptance
I wonder if we waste an awful lot of time not really liking ourselves. I know I have, over the years. But what a pointless waste!
I turned 46 this week and I’m actually really happy to be the age I am. Sure, it’s all getting a bit crinkly, but on the inside, I’m more comfortable and peaceful than ever before.
These days, I’m grateful for the body I’ve been given – that it works, that I have eyes and ears to see and hear all the beauty that’s around me each day.
And on that note, listening to something sublimely beautiful always helps…