A brief overview before I start: I have been living with depression my whole life. At 19 I was diagnosed and at 21 I decided to really do something about it. Here are things I do and have done for years that help.
Ever since I have started this blog (4 years ago now) I have been practising gratitude. Even before that my journals are riddled with things I love and things I’m looking forward to.
Its hella simple. Each night before you go to bed, write down THREE things you enjoyed about your day from coffee to seeing a friend ETC.
After that, another THREE things you’re looking forward to from getting a goodnight sleep to listening to your favourite album.
Hot caramel rum
I started writing up a draft yesterday morning so I wouldn’t be too tired to write. However, today was really great and so was Saturday. After sleeping off the worst of my hangover we drove out to Kilbirnie, got one of the best sandwiches I’ve ever had, bought some supplies and came home. We then made fudge and hot caramel and infused some rum with it. Merchant & Co on Courtenay Place do the best ever salted caramel rum which is a nice nightcap. Then, today we ran some errands, went to the gym, took Loki for a walk and I made dinner for the next two nights. I’m pretty beat now but hey, it’s so worth it.
I signed up to the gym on Thursday, skipped it on Friday to go to our friends house (it was sunny and sun = beer on the deck) and have planned to go after work and since I’m chef here I wanted to get everything organised. Here’s to another week of productivity and hopefully work outs lol.
Little things: my little Shadow Loki; running errands and laxing with JP; cheaper avocados; beginning of strawberry season; getting good feedback from my boss; having my hair braided by Lilli; the place we’re staying at over Christmas and New Years down south; Heroes; warmer weather; sleep ins; My Favourite Murder + This American Life + Undisclosed + Savage Lovecast; clean sheets; planning my Summer wardrobe; and eating better!
Unfortunately, my iPhone went ‘kaput!’ the other day so the pictures I wanted to share are currently unaccessable. Sad face.
This week has been okay. I went to the funeral of a good friends best friend and it was a really lovely service and they talked about things. They talked about depression, how the mental health sector needs more love and the man he was before his depression hit. It was nice to see faces of people I remember when I was younger at my sisters house parties. The situation is beyond awful but knowing he is at peace is comforting. I talk about depression sometimes but I really want to make it a conversation. I’d rather combat the fact that it’s such a taboo subject.
After months of admiring my work mates nails I finally got my first shellac experience. It was quick, my nails look amazing and it was only $28.00 which is fantastic. I’ve been looking at my nails like ‘You really need to be fixed’ for some time now so it felt good to get it done. They’re pink, shimmery and they make me feel very happy.
I went to the library the other day, paid my fine and got pretty much the same books as I got out last year. David Sedaris is so damn funny and his books are really fun to read. I spent about an hour just wondering around and looking at different books and enjoyed being in my own company.
When I was 17 I bought my first Marbig journal and I’ve been writing in them ever since. I finished my last journal right before Christmas and hadn’t got around to getting a new one. I love writing and aside from on here I never do it much. It’s bright yellow and I’m looking forward to it.
This weekend is a lazy one and I can’t wait to eat something that isn’t take aways! I’m ready to shed the weight I’ve put on because being out of shape makes me hella miserable. There is nothing worse than trying on clothes and having nothing at all fit or looking really fucking frumpy in things that would usually look well fitted.