A few nights ago I posted a picture on Instagram about my trip to a yoga class. I talked about how depression usually comes with the sort of black and white thinking that puts things on an extreme scale of right or wrong. I wanted to put it out there that I’ve been struggling lately. It’s hard to admit and it’s even harder to talk about but I find comfort in knowing that I am not the only one going through what I am going through.
I think we have to congratulate ourselves on the tiny accomplishments we make. Otherwise, all of the “good” things get thrown away and we go back to that black and white thinking where everything is dark and nothing good ever happens to us. Yes I am struggling and yes I have not accomplished a lot lately BUT yes I made it out of the house and to a yoga class and YES that was a huge accomplishment for me yesterday.
So in honour of those little accomplishments, I’d love to hear below what you accomplished this weekend.
Sending love & hope,
Hello Sweet Souls,
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I hope you are enjoying your Tuesday. I wanted to talk about a few books I've been reading lately because I've had a few people ask me on Instagram. You would think that with the focus of my account being on self-care and mental health that I would be super into self-help books...except I'm not! I've boughten numerous self-help type books that have been sitting in my nightstand for years. I've been reading since I was a kid and always read to escape my problems.. a form of self-care. As an adult, I have less and less free time so if I have time to read, I'd rather read for pleasure and not self-help books.
So what do I like to read? Well, I've always been into history books. I just finished The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris and I very much liked the book, although I didn't fancy the ending. It was an easy read which I didn't think it would be, considering the setting/topic. One of my favourite books, still to this day, is Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay.
I've also boughten Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur and have yet to read it. That will be next on my to-read list! Although.. I've heard that it's easier to read a few poems a day or even just one poem a day rather than reading the entire book at once.
Samantha / Anxiously Awesome
I’m used to summing up my day as either good or bad, or worse, answering everything with “OK”. I wish I could be that person that has a positive remark to everything and an almost perfect, positive perspective on everything. But, I’m not. It’s so hard for me to focus on the positive things, but that’s mostly because of my anxiety and how I get stuck in a state of negativity.
I wanted to push myself this week to pull the good things out of each day and focus on that. I especially like the quote “every day may not be good but there’s something good in everyday”. So I decided to write a list of things that made me smile this week and honestly, it was hard!
- Getting flowers from my girlfriend
- Taking a sip of a warm cup of coffee
- Watching my cats run around
- Thinking about planning a trip
- Reading a good book
- Watching videos of my goddaughter
- Seeing birds eat from the feeder outside
- Laughing at an episode of Friends
- Sitting by the campfire with my grandparents
- Snuggling with my girlfriend
- Getting a package in the mail
- Reading a funny text from my mom
- Looking at the weather forecast and seeing that it’s supposed to rain
- Ordering something from Chapters
- Finally finishing a project at work
I encourage you to make your own and see how many things you can list. It might be hard, but it’s worth it! Share your list with us on Instagram and tag @anxiouslyawesome so I can see :)
Samantha / Anxiously Awesome
I couple days ago I asked my followers what self care meant to them. So many people responded with some really great answers, otherwise known as Self-Care Tips. What stood out was the idea that Self-Care is individual to everyone, yet a universal term.
Self-Care has been a work in progress for me. I’ve had a history of worrying about others way too much and not enough about myself. When I created my blog and Instagram account under the name Anxiously Awesome two years ago, I entered a community in which I was always learning something new. One of those things was Self-Care. I never learnt how to properly take care of myself and I didn’t know how to put myself first.
Self care has been a work in progress and I’m slowly learning what self care means to me and how I can apply it to my everyday life. So, I am going to share some of my own self care tips with you!
Self-Care is not Selfish
Self-Care means doing something for yourself that will make you feel better. It doesn’t have to be expensive and it doesn’t have to be anything elaborate. Some days, it’s an accomplishment to do the tiny things, like showering, getting dressed or going grocery shopping. Learning how to take care of myself has been a journey; I have slowly learnt to say no to people and how to put my mental and physical health first.
Self-Care is not selfish; we deserve to care for ourselves as much as we would care for others. I hope reading this blog post has helped you to create some of your own Self Care Tips. Happy Self Care Sunday!
Samantha / Anxiously Awesome