This was inspired by a post I read earlier this month on Bethany Ellen’s Mental health & Lifestyle blog.
Like so many other people, I am guilty of being very critical of myself. Especially if I’m feeling down or anxious, I’ll say negative things about myself that I would never dream of saying about other people. My depression gets bad? This is my life now. My skin gets bad or I gain a little bit of weight? I’m ugly. Can’t find a career that suits me? I’m a failure. Old friends not replying to my messages? Clearly, nobody likes me.
When you’re in a bit of a bad place it is so easy to lose focus. But I am not my career. I’m not my depression. I’m not a stupid mistake I made at work 6 months ago. I’m not that spot on my chin or those 2 pairs of jeans I managed to split last month (hahaha I’m laughing now but it wasn’t funny at the time)
Whether it’s through my blog, baking, photography, drawing – I’ve always been creative. It’s something that has stayed with me since I was a little kid and shines brightest around special events and rainy afternoons.
Pretty much anything can turn me into an excited little puppy. Anything from a new flavour of Coke, a walk in the park, a day trip, a friends birthday, a new TV series or book. I may be pretty anxious a lot of the time but I am also really bubbly!
I have always worked hard. Even if it was a new subject, a role I didn’t really want to play or a job I hadn’t seen myself doing before. I try and make the most out of any situation.
I’m a caring friend and a protective sister with loving friends, family and adorable pets who love me right back!
So from now on, whenever I start getting a bit negative, I’m going to remind myself to take a step back and re-frame for a bit.
If you wouldn’t say it to someone else, don’t say it to yourself.