So I am sitting in a spare office at work writing this post. Ladies and gentlemen I am not having a good mental health day. My mother is very ill and we are praying the family history of cancer is not visiting us for the third time in a little over a year. My nan and aunt both fighting it is stressful enough. This is obviously having an affect on my work, hence why I’m sitting in an office instead of yknow working. Being able to focus on anything that isn’t worry is near impossible. Right now I am applying to age old method of try not to think about it, but if you want actual productive ways to deal with any unexpected curveballs thrown at you by the universe, keep reading. Avoidance is not the answer. Do as I say not as I do.
If you’re familiar with this blog you’ve heard both Katie and I rave about meditation before but honestly it works. Headspace is a godsend of an app for me, sometimes it’s the only way I can clear my head for a few minutes. It costs money but if you’re willing to make an investment in your mental health I’d highly recommend it. There’s even a free trial so you can try it out before you commit. It tracks your progress, allowing you to create a goal to strive to, and rewards you accordingly. It’s an amazing app that I am so lucky to have found. Of course there’s also an endless library of free meditations online, you can see Katie’s post about it for her favourites.
Check out headspace here – https://www.headspace.com/
Mental Health Helplines
Possibly one of the most underrated resources in the worlds, mental health helplines provide a non judgemental ear and a much needed friend in times of crisis. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used them for both big and small things, and I honestly credit pieta house with saving my life on more than one occasion. I’m going to provide contact details for a few Irish ones below, however if you’re out of Ireland I strongly encourage you to find some numbers from your area and keep them close. Maybe even share them on our instagram page to help others!
Now I know what I said above about distractions, but sometimes it is nice to have something more positive to focus on. For example I plan on starting Midnight Sun which is a new addition to the Twilight saga. In 2020. I know right. But I know it will be a good distraction and at the very least provide me amusement while I either deep dive into a twilight phase or make fun of it relentlessly. A really good distraction I’ve found are podcasts. I’ll be honest I don’t like getting out of my comfort zone so I just stick with the weekly one from my favourite youtubers. I play it in the background while writing or playing games and it’s amazing help. Podcasts to me are amazing for mental health as they offer you much needed freedom and calm from the storm in your head.
Pets are amazing creatures. They sense when something is wrong and stick to you like glue. I have 4 amazing dogs that provide me with so much in the way of comfort and company, even just someone to talk to. Animals have a proven positive impact on mental health, easing loneliness, encouraging exercise and reducing stress. I’m currently housesitting for a lady that runs a boarding kennels, so really this unwanted stress couldn’t have come at a better time. I have 3 big dogs to keep entertained and they do the same for me. The only downside to this is I discovered a fear of horses I never knew I had but whatever. If you’re ever feeling down go hug one of your pets, I promise it’ll make you feel better.
I am technically supposed to be working so I am going to end this post here and actually try to be productive. I hope you guys are having a great day, feel free to message our instagram or drop us an email and let us know how you’re doing. I’ll get through this bad day, and you can too.
Lots of love,