Sometimes life can just get a little bit too much. We all need to take a step back at some point. After going through a particularly rough patch with my mental health, I think I am just about back on track after. So here are a few things I did, that really helped me improve my mentality.
I deleted Facebook off my phone
This was one of the main things that I believe helped improve my wellbeing in general. I was spending far too much time aimlessly scrolling my way through my Facebook feed and the only thing I was achieving was making myself miserable.
I’ve mentioned briefly in previous blog posts that I came out of a six-year relationship towards the end of last year, and it has been really hard. I thought that my life was heading in one direction, and hadn’t really considered what would happen if that didn’t work out. So adjusting to my new ‘pathway’ has been a little difficult but I think I am just about getting there.
Anyway, Facebook was most definitely not helping with the situation. It wasn’t the fact that I was bitter about seeing other people moving in together, getting engaged, getting married, having babies etc. It was more that fact that I wasn’t on the same pathway as them anymore and I found that a little hard to see every day on my Facebook feed. So I deleted the app and haven’t looked back since. It is only since I deleted it that I have actually come to realise just how miserable it was making me.
I started reading
I used to have such a strong love for reading when I was younger, but as I got older, the time I could spend reading got less and less. So ultimately I forgot about it. But only recently have I just got back into reading and I have rekindled my love for it. I have read some incredible books recently, which I will definitely do a blog post on at some point. These books have completely changed my mindset and helped me forget about the day to day complexities of life. There is nothing better than getting lost in a good book!
I got myself walking
Ok, so this one is very much a work in progress! Buuuut I do very much love walking (when I can find the time) as it can really help me clear my head. I’m lucky enough to live in the countryside, with so many fields surrounding my house, so finding a really good picturesque walk isn’t hard. It is sometimes just nice to get out of the house on a sunny day and go for a really long dog walk with my headphones plugged in.
I started saying yes more
So one of the things that I’ve found really helps is keeping busy. And I know that might sound easier said than done, but I have literally found all it is involves is saying ‘yes’ more. I’ve found that when I’m not keeping myself busy, that is when I start to sink into my old habits and become withdrawn and sad. So I say yes to most opportunities that come my way, even if it is as little as meeting a friend for a drink.
I’ve done my best to fill my diary up with as many exciting plans as I can so that I always have something to look forward to, and it really helps me get excited for the future – rather than dwelling on the things I don’t have.
I got back into blogging
If you read one of my previous posts about where I have been, you will have seen that I took a fair while off from blogging. I wasn’t in the right headspace and knew that at the time I wouldn’t have been happy with the content I would have attempted producing. But now I am well and truly back into blogging, and it feels so nice to just sit down and write about whatever I want – like this post right now. Blogging can be very therapeutic.