Beating the blues: staying inspired

Why is it when I reach a comfortable point in life, mental health raises its ugly head? I’ve been lethargic, unmotivated and feeling lazy recently – feelings I loathe.

We recently had an upheaval at home by having our staircase replaced. My parents were typically away for the crucial weekend where we could have been kicked out of the house. The impact would hit me. I wasn’t proud of how I reacted: anxiety went through the roof and I fell apart.

But even after that episode, I wasn’t in a great place. I came from work and sat on my bed, literally doing nothing, staring into space. I’m not sure if it was anxiety, depression or a combination of the two. I hated it.

Motivation 1

Lately, I’ve been much better. It started with a conversation with another blogger (you know who you are, and thank you so much), who let me just rant (trying to talk MH to someone not affected just makes me worse – I feel so stupid, despite how much it was affecting my quality of life).

Through pure chance, I also was speaking to a friend about it on the same day, who was aiming for positive thinking.

I took her advice: each morning, when I woke up, I told myself that I got this and it was going to be a good day. If, by the time I got home, that was slipping, I started telling myself “don’t let it win”. Four little words, one big impact.

My first week was a good one, but I slipped on the Saturday. I was feeling lethargic again. I told myself those four little words, then suddenly I was at the gym at 4.30pm, followed by a few errands when I got home. I’ve never turned myself around like that before.

Motivation 2

I’m a spiral girl: if I start slipping, I go fast. But it also works in a positive way; if things are going well, I get a real buzz.

At the same time, I cut my phone usage. I was getting addicted to a game, one of those ones where you have to wait a certain amount of time for cures to be made. I must have spent over half an hour a day (during the week, much worse at the weekend) flicking onto it and spending 5/10 minutes at a time playing.

I went cold turkey on it. There was nothing about it that engaged my mind. I would spend the time on it, then come off and feel out of sorts and not bothered to do anything.

The combination of the two things resulted in one of the best weeks I’ve had. I achieved things in the evenings, relaxed properly and I’m sure I slept better as well. I’m trying to take each day as it comes, but knowing that I managed to turn a day around once means I know I can do it again.

What tricks do you use if things are getting out of control?

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23 thoughts on “Beating the blues: staying inspired

  1. Four little words. Just four little words but they are brilliant. Easy to remember and clearly very effective for you. I’m so glad you’ve found something that helps and I hope it continues to work for you. Thank you for sharing and I’m glad you’re feeling better xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

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  2. I have been trying to cut phone usuage lately, but failing. I agree with you, it’s every distracting, wastes so much time and makes me feel anti socia! Anyways this was a great post!

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  3. I have been trying to cut phone usuage lately, but failing. I agree with you, it’s every distracting, wastes so much time and makes me feel anti socia! Anyways this was a great post!

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    • Aww, thank you so much, that really means a lot to me. Telling someone is one of the things that I’m really bad at, I have to admit, but hibernating also sounds like a good plan. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. You’re so brave for this post and I applaud and respect you! I’ve never thought about those four words, but they sound insanely powerful and motivating. I don’t have a set way of doing things when I get in my weir head-space, or my “dark moods” as I refer to them. I usually just force myself to do the thing I don’t want to do. I don’t want to write? Then that’s what I’m going to do, because then I feel good about trying at least. It’s also amazing to have someone there to talk about things. Don’t ever feel stupid for expressing yourself, and if someone makes you feel that way it’s their problem, not yours.Be proud of yourself at all times, and never ever think that you’re stupid or that you should be ashamed for feeling a certain way. Phone usage is something I need to cut down on too, but it’s so hard.

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    • Wow, thank you so much. I can’t tell you how much it means to me reading your comment. Expressing it is something I really struggle with, especially those around me, so this post was certainly a challenge. I know what you mean – then I feel even worse because I can’t get something to flow when I’m trying to force the writing. Thank you again – and good luck with the phone usage, it’s a hard one!

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  5. This is such an inspirational post Lindsey. I’m also trying hard to be positive as life seems to be getting more and more stressful lately. I love the phrase “don’t let it win”, that is really powerful and something I’ll definitely start trying too when things get tough. It’s amazing that it turned your day around and you went to the gym, that is so positive, well done you! Limiting phone time is another thing I am working on as well, less social media in the evening and more chill out time. Fab post lovely, it’s always helpful to share our thoughts and feelings, I really related to this post and am going to use your suggestions so thank you so much! ❤ xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

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    • Oh my goodness I really don’t know what to say. Thank you so much for such an amazing comment and I really hope that anything in this does help when things start to get tough again. I’m so touched by your comment, thank you!!

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  6. What an amazing post. Thank you for the great advice! I will definitely be using “Don’t let it win” in my daily life. A fantastic approach, especially since I’m so competitive! 😉 I really enjoyed this post, and hope you are feeling so much better!💕

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  7. Just telling myself that I won’t feel this way forever and that things will get better helps me a lot! Also praying and mediation!
    So glad you are feeling better now, thank you for sharing! xx
    Beaulife.org

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