In times of poor mental health it is always easy to forget the good things you are surrounded with. It is also always easy for people to say to you “you have everything going for you, why are you letting this beat you?” – for starters, it’s not a choice. To be depressed, riddled with anxiety etc is not a choice. It is a chemical imbalance, just a little error in the make up of our brains, going off track on the road you were following. But never a choice.
I have been at the receiving end of comments like these, I know I am a very lucky girl. I know I have so many good things in my life but that does not stop anxiety being the first thing I think of in the morning and the last thing I think of when I go to bed. It does not stop these thoughts when I am out and about having fun, they are always there.
However, it IS helpful to remind yourself of the things you do have to ground yourself. If you keep reminding yourself, keep thinking of the good parts of the day instead of the negative then eventually they will become the first thing you think about and the last thing you think about.
I wanted to do a post about all the lovely things in my life. I’m having a bad day after making a slight bit of progress, my health anxiety is trying to knock me down, I’m having bad dreams and I’m exhausted but I’m going to take some time to just reflect and remember what I am fighting for.
First of all…
My Family –
My God am I lucky to have been blessed with this family of mine. My mum is my rock, she always has been and always will be. She is my world and my best friend and I am very lucky to have her constant support even when it all gets a bit tough. She has a lot to deal with but always puts me first, I could never pay her back for the love she has given me over the years. The only way I could pay her back is to recover, that’s the biggest way I could pay her back for everything she has done for me. For her to have her girl back.
My dad, one of my bestest friends on this Earth. He only wants to see me happy, he might have a more abrupt way of putting it than my mum but that is just him. That is who he is and who I love. He works hard to still support me when I need it even though I’m 22 and I’ve moved out and back 2 times already (fuck) but he doesn’t stop and won’t stop until the job is done.
I am an Auntie to a beautiful little boy who brightens up every room he enters. He has changed all of our lives since he was born and I want to watch him grow, I want him to watch me grow too. I want to be able to take him out and be the cool Auntie every little kid deserves to have, right? He is a pleasure to watch grow and change. He is something to be very proud of and I really am grateful for his existence, he is a huge reason to keep going everyday.
My Friends –
I have always been lucky enough to be able to be surrounded by lots and lots of friends in so many areas of my life. I have my group of friends who have been there since high school, the 8 of us have a bond that will never go away. I am so lucky to have such laughs and support always. Especially from my best friend Ben, he is something else and he has been there through so many hard times.
I have friends from home, work, around the country and around the world and I feel so lucky to have been able to build ever lasting friendships with so many amazing people. I want to fight for more memories to be made.
I met this boy earlier in the year in a time when I wasn’t expecting to fall so madly in love. He saved me. Thats all I can describe that situation as, he picked me up in a time when the only way was down and I am forever grateful. He has been there through so much already and I love him for it. I see a life with him that will go on for a long time, I must fight for that future that I crave so badly with him. He’s special and I’ve been given a little gift to have been able to fall so in love with him.
Then there’s other things I’m so grateful for, my little puppies! Oh my god, I love my dogs. My counsellor once said “no matter how you see yourself your dogs will always love you, they don’t care what you look like, what you do, how you feel, they will always love you” – there’s no nicer feeling than being woken up by my little Sid, just this little creature wants to love me 24 hours a day and I love it.
I have access to help, I’m grateful for that. Without the help of the systems we have in place I would not be on the road to recovery. I know they are not great, they’re not and even the NHS would admit that but once you find the right team you will get there.
I have a roof over my head, access to food, clothes, luxuries, I am grateful for all of these things.
I am able to go out and drink with my friends, socialise and have a laugh. Those are the times I look forward to the most, the nights where crazy memories are made. Photographs that I can surround myself with to look at when I need it, to remember what I’m fighting for. I have so many memories I wish to make.
I am a lucky girl. I have a lot to fight for and I will do everything I can to get there.
One thing I sometimes do when times are tough is I write 3 good things that happened in the day, even if the day fucking sucked, I will still try to source just 3 good things. Little or small “I saw some flowers” “I had a sick bath” “I had a good nap” – ANYTHING.
I first done that at university when my lovely friend Sanna gave me a notepad and we did it every night together because she wanted to help me get better (I love you, Sanna). This is a good way to reinforce positivity into a day and to keep it going for days on end.
Give it a try, it might make a nice change to the end of the day!