Hello hello! I hope you ate all well and the first couple of weeks of the new year are treating you well.

I’m getting over the post Christmas slump. New Year week I only left the house twice. I was feeling fed up and just couldn’t face the effort involved in getting myself ready to go out anywhere – not such a great place to be.

Last Sunday, however, I forced myself to take advantage of the very brief moment of motivation I felt, and suggested we go on a ‘little bike ride’.

10 miles later we returned home.

Isn’t my bike beautiful?! A wonderful Christmas present!

Anyway, it was anything but a ‘little bike ride’! I was knackered when we got back, but I felt fantastic! It was wonderful feeling that sense of achievement at having done such a slog for the first trip on a bike in years!

So I vowed to get healthy.

This past week I’ve started a healthier life – eating plenty of fruit veggies, cut out caffeine (I had a headache for 4 days!!), less fat and no processed foods, plenty of water (I’m loving water with a few slices of cucumber in it), try to excercise every day, and cut out alcohol altogether.

The result after the first week?

I’m sleeping better, my skin is looking healthier, I feel better physically and my energy level is higher. I’m certainly feeling less like I need an afternoon nap.

Hopefully, over time, the benefits will extend to my mental health too, even though I know I’ll never be ‘cured’, I think that positive physical feelings will only help my mental health.

It can be really difficult to get the motivation to exercise, so I try to at least do a few stretches, or maybe walk to the end of the road and back just to get a little bit in. It definitely helps how I’m feeling mentally, and the sense of achievement for doing something when you don’t necessarily feel like it is brilliant.

I’ve done a whole week and I’m already feeling the benefits, so I’m feeling motivated to carry on in this positive way!

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It’s 2018!

So after a bit of thinking, I’ve decided to make my blog public again.

Over the past year I’ve been continually attacked by someone who doesn’t actually know me, and the utter stupidity of them insisting a post I made about the release date of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom was, in fact, about them (I’m not holding my breath for an apology here), kinda pushed me to making this blog that I have been keeping since 2014 private.

Then I realised that their opinion of me is actually utterly inconsequential, and their constant tracking of my blog and social media that they are ‘cataloguing’, is a refectory of them, not me.

So here we are, back in the public domain!

I think the thing that made me realise that my closing my blog to public views was silly, was seeing a Tweet buy Matt Haig earlier –

I write here because staying silent is harmful.

I write here because I can.

I write here because things bother me and emptying it onto a page is helpful.

So next time you wish to judge me, or make hateful (and utterly incorrect) comments, just do what my grandma used to tell me ‘if you have nothing nice to say, then say nothing at all’.

Happy new year!

11 days to 2018!!

And my, what an experience 2017 has been!

I’ve spent a few weekends at festivals and met some wonderful people.  I’ve had live music in my back garden and an Edinburgh Fringe show in my living room.  I celebrated a year with my partner and has some funtastic times with his kids!

But of course with everything, there’s it’s opposite.  There have been some shitty times.  I badly injured my foot during my first shift in a bar by tripping up some steps.  The car needed a full service which pretty much wiped out my bank account.  Depression has always been lurking, and I’m sometimes struggling to get through some days, but on the whole, I’m doing very well.  Things have been a lot worse, for sure!

I’m looking forward to a lot of things in the next few months though.

Lots of live music; Paul Draper, GLC (with a Tiny Rebel tap take over!!!), The Bronx and Mogwai, as well as the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom on 22nd June (yes, I’m super excited about the release of a film but ask anyone who knows me and they will not be at all surprised by this).   There will be a trip to see a comedian in there too, which I am really looking forward to! In amongst all this there are some awesome peoples birthdays, including my mummy!

Are you making any resolutions?

I think I’d like to see more live music.  I always loved going to gigs, and had a HUGE collection of tickets on my bedroom wall when I was younger.  I think I’m off to a good start in the first few months!

I’d like to make more.  I’d like to do more sewing and knitting outside of work.  I always find making things so relaxing, and perhaps I could even get my Christmas cards sorted out in time to send next year…

‘Don’t sweat the small stuff’.  Good advice for everyone to heed I think.   Taking a step back from Facebook has really helped lift my mood as I’m not seeing a lot of the nastiness that floats around on there.  If something is not urgent, or life threatening, does it really need to take up my limited time?  Do I need to be bothered about irrelevant nonsense?

Read more – I’ve become very lax in my reading over the past goodness knows how long – I think the last book I finished was way back in March, I just can’t seem to find the time any more, there always seems to be something else to do – which is perhaps where the previous resolution will come in handy.

I’d also like to get started with CBT again.  I had a really interesting conversation with someone the other day about OCD & phobias and their treatment, so it’s spurred me on to get back into things as it helped me immensely.

All the best for the festive season x

Christmas

Hey everyone, here’s a nice idea, why not try not to be assholes for the festive period?

It’s actually easier than you think, and maybe you can then carry it on through the next year too!

Being depressed at Christmas

I came across this article written by Matt Haig earlier today. Matt writes extensively about living with mental illness, and this piece really sums up some of the struggles faced by many of us at Christmas.

https://amp.theguardian.com/society/2015/dec/14/shopping-hell-kindness-therapeutic-depression-christmas?__twitter_impression=true