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Monday, 10 July 2017

5 Things To Make Me Feel More Positive

July is here and that means we are officially a little over half way through 2017! The first six months of the year have really tested me, with a major life change taking place, self confidence issues and several depressive episodes all having taken place in that relatively short amount of time.

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In an effort to turn around my fortunes for the rest of the year, I have put together a list of things that I can do in order to keep myself upbeat and look after myself mentally.

EXERCISE MORE

This is something I've been meaning to work on for a while. I'm feeling it now as I'm writing this I've been away from wrestling training for two weeks recovering from a muscle strain, so I've done no exercise at all for nearly three weeks. I struggle in the gym, so I need to try some classes so that I can find what method of exercise works for me. I know that I like circuits so that might be a good shout, I'm also tempted to give yoga a go as well to see how much it helps with my state of mind.

LISTEN TO MUSIC

I have been obsessed with music for as long as I can remember. It truly was my first love, I used to live and breathe music, especially in my teen years. I'm not sure why I don't automatically hit play on iTunes when I open my laptop anymore, but what I do know is that blasting some feelgood tunes is a surefire way of improving any low mood. I proved this before when I turned up the volume for Fleetwood Mac in my car earlier.

READ

Reading book is another pastime I was obsessed with as a child and it's something that I want to pick up again. I'm going to challenge myself to read for at least an hour everyday and hopefully it will turn back into a full time habit.

PLAN ADVENTURES

I've not been nearly as social as I would have liked to have been so far this. I want to start making actual plans instead of just talking about it. I want to book tickets to gigs and events that I was to go to, I'm going to start asking people if they want to do things instead of assuming they'd have already asked me if they really wanted to do it. This is going to be one of the more challenging areas for me, but it's a challenge that I'm willing to accept.

TAKE MORE NOTICE OF THE GOOD THINGS

When you struggle with depression it can be really easy to dwell on the negative things that have happened and forget about all the positives. I'm going to try my best to document all the things that make me feel happy, even if it's only for a fleeting moment. Whether I write it down or take a picture, I want something that I can look at at the end of the day and think "you know what, maybe today wasn't so bad after all".

How do you keep a positive mind set? Do you have any tips?

Stacey Rose xx

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