Hello all, and happy Mental Health Awareness Week!
This year, the focus is on whether people are surviving or thriving, and what the difference is between the two.
For a long time, I was just surviving. I wasn’t doing yoga, I wasn’t meditating, I wasn’t blogging, I wasn’t working towards my goals, I wasn’t setting new goals, I wasn’t doing anything much.
I watched Gilmore Girls and Downton Abbey and apart from that I just existed, trying to live through the anxiety which came upon me first thing in the morning and lasted throughout the day. Trying to surface from my depression even for just a moment. I lived from appointment to appointment, my sessions with doctors working as lifelines in a sea of fear and hopelessness.
Anyway! I’m not sure how it happened that I turned a corner and started thriving, but for almost two months now I have been doing much better. I’m reading and writing, I’m feeling more energetic and sociable, I’m exploring new hobbies, meeting new people, and I’m travelling again. In short, I’m having fun and enjoying life.
I still have a long way to go before I will be fully ‘better’, I’m still very reserved and scared, but for now I’m happy with where I am, especially as I am applying for a job and will hopefully start working again in the next few months. We’ll see what happens.
This week I will be trying to figure out how I can thrive more, what steps I need to take to make that happen, and I think you should all do the same – let me know what you come up with and I will too!
If you want to read more about or get involved with the Mental Health Awareness week, go check it all out here. They’ve published a report on ‘Surviving or Thriving? The state of the UK’s mental health’, which is a very interesting read.