It’s April 5th and I haven’t really posted since March 3rd – where I talked about what it’s like dealing with both anxiety and depression causing me to feel like I’m a failure. Let’s call it what it was – a low mood – very long, low mood – but a low mood none the less.
I have this knack for piling stuff onto my plate and then becoming overwhelmed by it and the drive fades to nothing. I did it in February and now for the whole month of March, I did it again. I’m not proud of it – it’s something that I’m trying to work through, but sometimes the low moods win. (At that’s okay. We can’t always be perfect.)
Comparing is never good
I have started (again) to compare my blog to other people. Other people who have more followers, more engagement, more beautiful pictures, more – everything and that’s not okay. I cannot compete with a blog or that person – period – Especially when it’s someone who has been blogging for x amount of years MORE than I. I’ve only started this blog in 2015 – and in October it will be my second year.
I’m not where I want to be with my blog, in fact, I’m not sure where that is. Right now I’m just kind of floating along trying to find my way – and I hope you’re up for the ride with me.Comparing and envying them – and then having a panic attack then simply shut down isn’t healthy. Click To Tweet
Competing or comparing yourself against someone isn’t healthy – you get into this role of ‘why can’t I do that?’
I need to focus on my strengths
Thinking positive is the best way to getting oneself out of low moods. When I over think – or start to compare myself to someone else I simply need to work towards changing my focus on what I do right. What are my strengths?
- Kind and thoughtful
- I’m creative
- I have a lot of great ideas, just need to keep pen and paper handy all the times
I’ve found that if I can list my strengths then I will have those to focus more on and less about the negative thoughts that happen with low mood.
Self-care is important
I think I have stressed this a lot, but sometimes we forget in our times of challenges what we need to do to get back to our normal self. Self-care is simply taking care of yourself plain and simple. You are tired – sleep if you can. Eat if you need to, just don’t make it a habit of overeating every day. If you plug your body full of unhealthy things it’s harder to get back on track because you’re working off all the extra crap.
Some of my favourite self-care tips are simple:
- Taking a bath or shower
- Buying treats or sometimes something pretty will do the trick
- Try out new beauty products / makeover
- Exercise or get out into the fresh air
- Reading on a cozy couch in warm lights with lovely drinks is great
- Playing with your pets is both soothing and fun
- Go out with friends to a café
- Order in or dine out with that special someone
- Breathing and doing some meditating or yoga
I’ve been looking up different ways at the moment to do some yoga – I really like watching on Instagram Angela from Clutter Box Blog share her triumphs as well as her struggles with yoga. You can check out her Instagram account here
I might stumble from time to time, but I will always get back up
It’s okay – I need to say this to myself a lot lately. But, it’s okay to push things that aren’t as important or dire in my life off. My blog isn’t what keeps food on the table (as awesome as that would be) but it is a tool for me to use to share my struggles and my wins.
It might be low mood, but it won’t ever last. It might knock me down – but I will always push through it and get back to my feet.