I had a writing post planned for today, just not this
one. It was a rant; a moan; a whinge, and I didn’t want the blog as an outlet
for frustrations but a place full of motivation and inspiration.
I’ve certainly been inspired recently. At the end of
July, I realised it was annoying me that I wasn’t managing to find time to
write: I was too tired when I got home from work and best intentions and all
that wasn’t getting me very far.
I started getting up early. I normally get up at 6:45, but set the alarm for 45 minutes earlier with the intention of having a writing session every morning before work.
**These are just a few hacks that help me. If you struggle with mental health or bad days like this, please speak to a professional.**
A couple of weeks ago, I had one of the worst mental health days I’d had in a while and spent the day in bed, feeling sorry for myself and not caring about anything. I didn’t want to read; I didn’t want to watch anything; I didn’t want to do anything vaguely creative.
It was frustrating because I couldn’t snap myself out of it. I knew what had caused it: a number of factors all played a part and I reached a tipping point. When you only have two days off a week, however, and you’ve lost one feeling awful, it’s not great. I was determined that I wasn’t going to lose a second day.
I’m late writing this. But, you know, I’m glad. If I
had written it when initially planned, it would have been me moaning that July
didn’t go according to plan: illness killed all productivity and left me
Instead, I’m writing it at the beginning of August, feel
pretty positive about everything. There are a few changes happening making me
feel inspired and positive about the future. I am trying to put writing first,
making it a part of my life again, and I’ve had a couple of really strong days.
The blog is doing well, I’ve had a good reading spree and basically feeling in
a good place right now.
It’s been a couple of months since my morning routine posts and thought it was time to continue the series.
After a long day in London, washing the day away is
bliss. But, for me, my night time routine is more about preparing for the next
day than dealing with the one just gone.
Sticking to a routine and completing my skin-care routine before going to bed, always makes me feel better in the morning. Don’t underestimate how much better the day starts when your skin is feeling nice and fresh!
I’m starting this post with a confession. Despite my recent morning routine posts, I’m rubbish at a routine. I have days where I go all out: my skin gets slathered in every (probably contradicting) product I have and I feel yes, I’ve done self-care.
Cue the following three days where I do nothing.
Then I have a weekend splurge.
Seeing the pattern? It doesn’t do me any good, either.
It’s not just skin-care that I’m like this with, but
pretty much everything. I try and do too much, leaving no time for anything and
everything is an effort rather than a habit. I was searching for coping
strategies for anxiety, and came across the idea of a self-habit tracker.
Admittedly, I think the idea is to see what triggers anxiety off, but I adapted it to suit my needs.
Working full-time makes achieving others things difficult. Keeping up-to-date with a blog, going to the gym three times a week, trying to work on my novel and still have time for inconsequential things like sleep and food means there literally aren’t enough hours in the day.
After a bad week in which I achieved nothing and felt frustrated and antsy, I started thinking about little things I do each day that helps makes it possible. Of course, weekends are spent running around, writing up posts, crawling around taking pictures – the usual. But without what I’m now fondly referring to as my life hacks, I wouldn’t even make it that far.
I commented last month how much things can change in the space of a few weeks, and the same thing occurred in June. Despite starting it on a high, it’s ended in such a way that I’m glad to leave the month behind and start fresh in July.
I’ve got my goals and I’ve got a plan of action: this
is going to be my month for focusing on what I want to achieve this year. We’re
over halfway through 2019 (how?) and I realised just the other day that I’m
still in the same place I was at the start of the year.
It’s time to start prioritising the things I care about. After neglecting the novel for the entirety of June, it’s top of the pile for things to tackle in July. I completely ignored the blog last week in a way I’ve never done before, so back to content, promotion and engagement. No more waiting for things to happen: July me is going to take control!