Happy New Year – 2018 is here!

The new year is here and with the new year comes New Years Resolutions! So I am not one for making resolutions but this year I have had a hard look at my life and well have decided to make some small changes to help me with the journey of recovery. So I thought I would share them with you and hopefully some of these will bring some inspiration for you… as we all know it is never easy to make resolutions that we can keep to! Here goes…

Be more organised

Since last year and being diagnosed properly with my mental illness a lot of appointments have come as a result and well it can be hard to keep track of these. So I have always been a lover of stationary and diaries but never been too good at keeping them up to date and well using them as well as I should. So this year I have taken it upon myself to keep organised and keep my diary on me at all times, to ensure that I don’t double book and well as organised as I wish I could be.

If I become as organised as I wish then I will be able to get rid of some of the anxieties which I face on a daily basis as I will always know what the week ahead of me is going to look like. With hospital, doctors appointments and well with what shift I am meant to be on for work… it never goes down well when I turn up on the wrong shift!

Do more for me!

Last year has been all about my mental health and getting back to work. As well as showing my family I am getting there slowly. So this year I have decided that it is time for me to do something for me. This will include going on weekends away with friends and focusing on me… not other people all the time. I am a bit of a sucker when it comes to putting others before me and well it is nice but it does impact on my health as I always seem to be at the bottom of the pile! I have decided I am going to have a year where I can be selfish and focus on myself and do things for me for once. This might just be going somewhere for me… might just be a cafe but it will be for me and no-one else.

I have recently purchased the Self-Care project book which should help me in doing more for me and well just looking after myself in general. It is definitely something I would recommend purchasing for those of you who do suffer with self-care. It has been written by the founder of the blurt foundation which is a brilliant charity for mental health. One you should all go and check out if you need some help or want to help raise awareness of mental health!

Keep your eyes peeled to see what exciting things will be happening this year… I already have a few planned.


Be healthy

Yes, this is the standard resolution of being more healthy. However, this is a little different to the other times I have set this resolution as normally it is all about losing weight or hitting the gym. Well this time it is all about making sure I am eating better as I am a little bit rubbish when it comes to eating the right foods and eating breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes it is just a case of drinking lots of coffee and then having a sandwich, this is not good for me and I need to ensure that I am eating right.

I am taking it upon myself to eat the best I can and when I do eat making sure that it is the right things instead of a cheeky cheeseburger from McDonald’s!

Keeping track of my health

Since I relapsed in February last year I know I have improved with my health but I am not sure to what extent. I have wanted to track it but not had the right tools to do this. My amazing dad was nice enough to buy me the happiness planner for Christmas which is all about focusing on you and saying the things you have to be greatful for and well just all about you in general. So I have set myself the challenge of doing this every day to see how I have improved over this year and then I can really reward myself for the progress which I have made.

Mental illness comes with its up and downs and hopefully this will allow me to see when this is and see what maybe triggers the bad days or see if it is random. I will let keep you posted on this.

I did want to set more resolutions but I thought maybe its best to start with these three and evaluate later on in the year as well you I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself. I will keep you posted in regards to these resolutions and let you know if this has had any improvement on my mental health and my general wellbeing.

What resolutions have you made this year?

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