If you have been following me on Twitter then you will probably know that I have been doing the #blurtselfcareathon which is a challenge created by the wonderful people at The Blurt Foundation for the month of April. The idea is that you follow a different prompt each day and share a picture or post linked to it. Therefore I thought I would do a round up of my posts. The prompt is also below.
Day 1: 10 things about me:
For day 1 I just shared a picture showing 10 facts people may not know about me.
Day 2: Obstacles:
This quote is very true. There is never a clear path. There will always be obstacles, big or small, that we have to deal with.
Day 3: Boost:
Everyone needs a boost sometimes. These are some words I thought might help boost others.
Day 4: Snuggle:
This just seemed appropriate at the time. Some days all I want is cuddles but feel all I get is the struggles.
Day 5: Outside:
This quote is quite apt. Nature calms my mind and on sunny days it is great to just get outside and feel the sun on your face.
Day 6: Support:
This is very true for many with a mental illness. We don’t want people to do everything for us, we want people to help us help ourselves.
Day 7: Learn:
As a former teacher I live for learning. I believe education is our biggest tool in eradicating stigma surrounding mental illness. We are never too old to learn.
Day 8: Recharge:
This amused me. If only it was so easy to recharge. But it is important to recharge and take time out to relax. Otherwise we burn out.
Day 9: Lemons:
I was quite restrained here as I wanted to post a picture telling you to throw lemons at people. Life can be sucky but there is always something good to come out of it. Even having a mental illness has given me some great opportunities.
Day 10: Laugh:
A sense of humour is so important especially when you’re struggling. Just because someone is depressed does not mean you can’t laugh.
Day 11: Encourage:
We get put down enough in this life so it’s important to encourage and lift people up. It’s never too hard to offer a little kindness.
Day 12: Animals:
Animals are so important. They are amazing at being there when you feel rubbish. They also help me feel calmer. I’d be lost without animals in my life.
Day 13: Doodle:
I didn’t know how to interpret this one so included a doodle by the wonderful Doodle Chronicles. This is very apt for those suffering with a mental illness.
Day 14: Squad:
This is probably true but in all seriousness I have an awesome group of friends and the Twitter mental health community is like one giant squad.
Day 15: Kindness:
There is not enough kindness in the world. It doesn’t take much to offer words of kindness. If you can be one thing then be kind.
Day 16: Treasure:
This is very true. My treasure is not silver or gold. What is precious to me is my family, friends and pets.
Day 17: Create:
Creativity is a big part of life. And it is important to create what makes you happy rather than doing it for other people. My blog is my main outlet of creativity and I’d be lost without it.
Day 18: Social:
I am very socially awkward. I find it difficult to socialise and get anxious. This is something I want to improve on.
Day 19: Funny Memory:
I have many funny memories. Often at my expense. My memories include falling in a canal and spending the day in Brighton with a friend where we pretended to have burnt down the pier (long story).
Day 20: Letter:
I love getting letters. I also enjoy writing them and have been known to write letters to people I know are struggling. This something I want to do more of.
Day 21: Talk:
This quote is very true. We need to talk to ourselves more lovingly. It’s easy to be cruel in the way you talk to yourself.
Day 22: Small Steps:
In recovery it is the smallest steps that lead up to the biggest actions.
Day 23: Bravery:
This quote sums up bravery for me. Fighting a mental illness takes a lot of bravery.
Day 24: Song:
This is from one of my favourite songs called “This Song Saved My Life” and it sums up how music can be life saving and the different ways it can help.
Day 25: Water:
This quote seemed very apt. Being near water is very calming for me. I love being near the sea and miss being near it regularly. I think our minds are very much like water as this quote suggests.