19 May 2019

WEEKLY GRATITUDE


^^ I can't believe there is only about another 10 days left of this view, I'm so sad about moving from this cottage ^^

I am writing this post feeling like I’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards after spending over seven hours cleaning in various places yesterday; so before anything, I’d like to say that I am grateful for bathroom sealant, toilet duck (‘other toilet cleaners are widely available’!) and, most of all, paracetamol!

How has your week unfolded? Has it been a good one? I’d love to hear what you guys have been up to in the comments, let me live my life through you for a bit! 

Alright then gang, let’s jump into this weeks gratitude, I’ll try and keep the cleaning products to a minimum!

:: I have to start this post with last nights Eurovision because it was everything I hoped it would be (CHEESY!). It was on in the background but enough concentration was had to give scores to every artist performing. I refuse to take it seriously because, let’s face it, that is impossible (even though many people do take it seriously, judging from the people in the audience!). My highlight was Iceland, purely for their absolute bonkers staging and screaming lyrics (get the man some cough syrup). Whilst you are at the chemist getting Mr Iceland something for his throat, pick up some anti sickness tablets for those three Australian ladies... did you see their entry? It was like Kate Bush verses the circus, but I kind of loved it; I was deliriously tired by that stage though so maybe that was it. Anyway, whatever your thoughts on the subject of Eurovision, when you take it for exactly what it is, it can be quite fun to watch! PS: Thoughts on Madonna? My thought was simple: terrible! 

 ^^ This little bear really gets herself into some comfortable positions! ^^

:: I finally had a much needed catch up with my Lobster, Helena, this week! Since I’ve started work at the hotel I now have a tiny idea of all the stuff that Helena and her hubby have to do over at their gorgeous Bed and Breakfast in Lynmouth. We always say we will chat more, but life just sticks it’s big old foot in the way and before you know it a month or three have passed. Honestly, those guys are my heroes, I don’t know how they do everything that they do, and now my Lobby is expecting a mini Lobby (finally, I can say it!) she must be absolutely shattered. Love you Lobs!

:: Every morning when I drive out of the little road that leads to the village, I see so many rabbits just munching on the grass on the side of the road, it makes me so happy to see them. On Thursday morning, as I pulled into the top of the road on my way home from training, I saw the cutest sight ever; there was a big rabbit sat there keeping watch, whilst the tiniest little baby gently nibbled on some grass. It was the most adorable thing ever!

:: I managed to get both of my commissions posted this week, and I am so happy with how they turned out! If you are interested in getting a little quote painting inside a floral border, similar to the one below, just email me on hello@leaflanestudio.com. As soon as the move is over with I will be getting back to Leaf Lane Studio at full speed again and I have lots of exciting things coming up!

:: I am so proud of Peta (from Nourishing Soulfully) this week (well, every week because she is awesome) because she did two bloody wonderful things this week! I’m not sure if I’m going to get this completely right but she managed to put together a proposal for the school she works in to ensure that the little ones get educated about body positivity/confidence and their relationships with food. Her proposal got given the go ahead and it will be on her schools curriculum soon! I think that is such an amazing thing to do, she is just awesome at delivering that message so I know it will be so helpful. The second thing was her podcast interview on Ally Grace Muir’s podcast ‘Continuously Brave’, which is just the most beautiful interview ever. She talks about her story with food, her illness and all the things she went through to remain healthy and positive through it all, as well as cats (because, you know, cats are life!) and cat dad too. Please click right here to have a listen to it and be sure to head to Peta’s Instagram and show her some big love for such an incredible week, she rocks!

:: This week I treated myself to a couple of amazing budget beauty buys from Boots and, having tested them out for a few days I can safely say I am in love with all of them. I started to type everything out here, but soon realised that I can get a blog post out of my current favourites, so I will try and put that together soon. I have been on the hunt for products that allow my skin to look super radiant, but without being greasy and, finally, I have found the combination! More to come on that really soon!

:: My Sunday morning lay in is something I am super grateful for. Granted, it is only until 7-7.30am, but compared to my 5.20am alarm for the other six days a week it is really wonderful. As I drove to work this morning I really noticed how everywhere always feels so much more relaxed on a Sunday. The roads are slower and quieter and everywhere has a beautiful sense of peace about it that I love so much. 

I think I am going to have to leave it there for today guys, sorry for a shorter post but, if you read my other post from this week, then you will know that we are currently moving so it is all go this end. I will see you next week for another post, in the mean time be sure to come and say hi on Instagram!
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17 May 2019

5 THINGS I'M DOING TO STEP FORWARD

On Tuesday I saw the Instagram caption (below) on a recent post from Lori Harder, who is a woman I seriously admire; her podcast, Earn Your Happy, I have mentioned more than once here, but it is her energy that I find so awesome, which is why I wanted to share her post with you...

'Do the thing.
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Wear the dress.
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Take the vacation.
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Say you’re sorry.
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Have the conversation.
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Plan a date to leave the job.
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Plan a date to start the business.
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Ask for what you want.
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Start doing what you’re called to do.
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The time will never feel right, you’ll never be ready, you’ll always feel too busy, unsure, possibly unworthy and fearful...until you actually just start to take action, set the dates, start saving money or put money down.
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Once you do, you’ll see everything is possible and all of our lack of time, reasons that hold us back and fear are made up.
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Make the room by saying yes, putting it the calendar and taking the leap.
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More of what lights us up please. No matter what.'



I loved this post because, as a 'professional' day dreamer, I can really lose myself in the thought and vision of something, usually whilst at work cleaning (what can I say, my mind wanders whilst I’m buffing taps!), and when it comes to it, some kind of fear steps up and I back away or say to myself that I’ll do whatever 'the thing' is tomorrow/next week; that is why it took me so many years to launch Leaf Lane Studio, but I have come a long way since then for sure.  

I have become very aware of time passing by this year; maybe it's an age thing, but the faster it goes, the more mindful I become about being left standing still whilst life happens around me. I’m so tired of dreaming and writing notes excitedly, but not allowing myself the space to create and push forward. So things have got to shift. Who's with me?

I want to take more risks, not necessarily huge and scary risks that involve money that I don’t have, but more personally challenging ones, like wearing clothes that fit me and not hiding my body away anymore and saying what’s on my mind, regardless of how people may feel about my opinion (being rejected is a huge fear of mine). I want to get out and see more of the world we live in, go on long walks and take the lesser trodden path (literally and metaphorically speaking!). I long to try more things, like paddle boarding or go to a class or two to try pottery, writing or sculpture (I fancy wooden sculpture actually!). I want to attend networking events for the blog or Leaf Lane Studio, even though they terrify me to go to alone. I want to see live music... and lots of it, because it has been too long... hands up if you want to come along! I want to get out of my own way and just 'do the thing' as Lori says.

Time is passing so fast and I want to look back and know that I gave every opportunity a chance, even if it ended up being a disaster (which isn’t really a disaster, just an opportunity for learning and growth... yeah, I’m one of ‘those people’ now).

I had to have a serious word with myself recently and question why I haven’t reached some of my goals, even the tiny ones, but then I realised how much has been going on and had to let myself off the hook. But now is the time to reboot and try again and start living life with a bit more balls (sorry, but that’s the only way I could think to express it!).

The thing I need to get over is the extreme feeling of tiredness I have from training early then heading to work, which is a physically demanding job, then digging into work on Leaf Lane Studio in the late afternoon. But I know that if I make that effort and plan better I can achieve my dreams and also give myself a whole day off too, because it has been so long. There are so many amazing women out there that I admire, such as Catherine from Katnipp Illustrations, who is just storming through her work and is super prolific and inspiring (her studio vlogs are adorable!), and then there is Holly Sutton of 'A Branch of Holly' who, quite frankly, is the ultimate 'girl boss' if I ever did see one! Holly is a coach for small business owners and bloggers who want to really make their mark and has so many fantastic  free resources on her blog as well as her podcast too - the woman is my hero! These girls, and many others too, are working super hard and are making crazy headway with their businesses and I look up to their motivation and passion so much.



So, accountability time... here are five things I am going to put into action ASAP, in order to get myself on track:

ONE
After listening to this episode of Holly Sutton’s ‘Blog It, Boss It Radio’, I am planning to introduce batch working in order to help my productivity, and reduce my stress about things like posts and social media captions. If you are a business owner or blogger, have a job too and are struggling to get things done (even if you don’t have a job!) then you need to listen to this episode because it is so useful. In fact, Holly’s blog and podcast is crazy helpful full stop, so I will be putting many more of her suggestions into action.

TWO
I don’t know about you guys, but environment is massively important to me in terms of working space, and in the next couple of week, due to a house move, I will have an office space that is completely mine. I’m super excited to make it into a productive and pretty space and can’t wait to settle into my own working environment again. It’s going to be a small room but I want to make it functional and treat myself to a few things that will help me stay on target. 

THREE
As I mentioned above, I haven’t had any proper time off, as in chunks of time that I can actually do useful or fun things with, in so long, so I am going to ensure that I do this as soon as the move is over and done with. Even if I can give myself a full day off every couple of weeks and a half day once a week it would make so much difference. I want to grab my vlogging camera and head off somewhere for a couple of hours and just ‘be’. I get so much inspiration from exploring new places or going for walks, so it would help my writing and artwork to do this. I know how important this time off and/or time for myself is, yet I struggle to make it happen. That is where the next step comes in!

FOUR
Scheduling. Scheduling. Scheduling. I have mentioned recently that I have been really struggling to use my Bullet Journal, simply because I haven’t had time to draw it all out. This really upsets me because I love it so much, but I’ve had to admit defeat for a while because I need a diary and somewhere to plan! So I have gone back to basics with a Moleskine weekly planner and am starting to ease my stress by getting back into creating my lists of things to do. I am also going to attempt to set up some kind of planning system on my computer for my main ‘mind dumps’, which are great places to get everything out and use as like a master list; then delegate the things out to my planner weekly. When I lose my grip with keeping a planning/diary system I tend to do absolutely nothing, just because I literally have no idea what I’m doing or what is happening. Life has been totally thrown for a loop lately so that is why I have got so bad at things and now just feel major overwhelm, which leaves me paralysed and utterly useless, so anything I can do at this point will be helpful!

FIVE
Although self care is a very overused phrase now, I am really aware that I don’t really do much of it, and what I do manage to squeeze in is always rushed (therefore defeating the object!). I have made it a priority to try and book one treatment per month for myself and have my eye on a really lovely holistic place in Carbis Bay that does things like Indian Head Massage and Reiki. The gym is part of my self care too, but it is also physically draining so I am trying to force some balance in there! I have developed a guilt complex around taking time for myself which really needs to go away asap.

There you have it, all of that stemmed from reading Lori's caption on Instagram because I realised how much more I can do to aim for what I want. I just need to re-jig a few things to make sure that I am working smarter, whilst remembering to have some fun in the process!

What immediately springs to mind for you when you read Lori's words?
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12 May 2019

WHAT ARE YOUR STORIES?


^^ Background image by Javier Allegue Barros, via Unsplash ^^

As I write this post, I am in two minds whether or not to press 'publish' because it is making me feel a little fear, but I figure that is all the more reason to make it live. Fear has been a dominating factor throughout most of my life so I am trying to laugh in the face of it and tell my ‘truth’ to you guys more and more as I discover it (understand also that I am constantly learning so these thoughts are just what is whirling within my own mind, and I am not an expert!).

Recently I have been chatting on Instagram to Adam Palmer, an online coach and mentor, about my business and other interesting spiritual bits and bobs, and one of his responses to something I said really sparked a ripple in my head that niggled away for days. He had been talking to me about the fact that we all have stories from our past experiences that affect us, and naturally have an impact on our lives, and how it is easy to get ‘stuck’ in them. In some form or another we have all heard this before, and I am pretty sure I have even written a post on it, but there was something about how Adam put it that triggered my mind to really dig away at it.

We all have our own stories that dominate our thoughts and actions, some can even be how we introduce ourselves to other people, because the stories are so strong within us that we feel they are us. Do you know what yours are?

On a really raw level these are the three main stories that have stuck with me throughout my life and examples of how they map out how I live my life through them when I hold them close to me as my current truth:

Story one: I used to be much larger than I am now

Story two: I left school before I took any GCSE’s

Story three: I spent most of my life with hardly any confidence or self-esteem

One of the big things that hit me this week was how, if we introduce our old stories as part of who we are in the present day, we allow them to stick around, grow in size and strength and we can even start to bend our behaviour to fit them, and prove them to be real. For example, if you are still hiding behind the version of yourself that barely has any confidence, you may tell someone you meet that you are shy or have little self esteem, and as a result of that you may make them see you as anxious and perhaps they will continue to ask you if you are you okay or even question your ability to do something because of the story you have told them. This, in turn, can lead to a resurgence of past emotions for you, and ultimately manifest the old behaviours and feelings, leading you to be that way with that person every time you meet. The reason I know that is because I have done it, a lot, and until very recently. 

There is a grey area here of course, and that is that we will all revisit old patterns, old feelings and emotional behaviours and will genuinely be 'back with them' for days at a time. There’s nothing wrong with telling someone how you are feeling in these times either, because it is totally valid, but there is a difference between telling them ‘...today I am feeling...’ to telling someone ‘...I am the kind of person who always...’, do you see the difference here? Temporary verses permanent.

I hope that makes sense. It’s the difference between living ‘in’ your stories and occasionally ‘feeling’ an emotion that may be attached to a story; they should be different things.


^^ Background image by Constellate, via Unsplash ^^

It’s important to realise that is is okay to move on and to change as a person, which is what has happened/is happening to me, and to understand that it’s actually okay to leave old things behind. I have got so attached to my stories because they had such huge impacts on me, that is why they are so ingrained. But after talking with Adam, his comments to me made me realise that those things aren’t how I am seen by new people in my life and I actually realised how shocked I can be when people explain how they see me and describe me outside of my own perception. Then I had this massive epiphany of ‘...oh my goodness, I’m not that person anymore, it’s just who I was and not who I am now’.

What Adam did, I have come to realise, is not dive into the old stories, he just saw current day Lucy and didn’t entertain the other stuff in a way that allowed it to be a part of the current conversation. What that did was force the Lucy I am right now, and all the new things I have within me, to be the dominant force in the conversation, which brought all of it into the limelight and made me realise that I am so different now to the person I was. Yes, I still suffer my mental health issues, but they aren’t 'me' full time, they are an illness that shows up in various strengths over the course of a year, but I have worked hard on me, and I am proud of that.

So, who are you when you let go of all past stories? What are your strengths, what are your skills, what makes you a bloody fabulous human being? It’s hard to celebrate who you are sometimes, as we hold fear around it due to worry of seeming self important or arrogant, but there is a huge difference. You don’t have to tell the world, just hold all your amazing qualities in your own energy because they will radiate out, focus on the positive things that make you, you, whilst acknowledging the things that have shaped you, because they helped you grow, just don’t put them in the driving seat. Be strong in who you are, forget what everyone else thinks about it, as long as you aren’t hurting anyone and are a kind human being, you are doing fine.

This is my challenge to you right now, as a mini exercise to round up today’s post:

Grab a pen and paper and write down, in anyway you like, what your three main stories are; your ‘go-to’ things that you will tell people about yourself that are based on past events. Next, write what emotions are attached and what behaviours you exhibit from them. After you have done that, ask yourself if that is really who you are now; if the answer is undoubtedly ‘yes’, then maybe you have to do more work on healing that, but still do the next part anyway! If the answer is ‘no’ then write a huge list of all of your amazing qualities; your happiest moments, the things you do that makes you the incredible human you are or, if you are struggling to do this, list the positive, lovely things that other people tell you about yourself.

Start to transform how you see yourself and the moment you are living in and things will shift. They may feel a bit uncomfortable for a while because our past is a safe place for us, even if it’s not very nice, whereas moving forward and evolving can be super challenging (but SO worth it).

I hope this little mind dump sparked something in you, because it was significant for me! Head over to Adams Instagram if you are interested in seeing more about what he does as a coach, I highly recommend him.

As usual, let me know your thoughts by leaving a little comment or popping over to Instagram and having a chat (that is where I hang out the most!).
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5 May 2019

WEEKLY GRATITUDE


^^ How pretty is the blossom in the garden? ^^

Happy Sunday my lovely! How is your weekend going? Although I feel like, by the time this post actually goes up, the question should be 'how was your weekend'! Working every weekend leaves me a little frazzled by the time I get to this part of the day!

This week has been a full on one, but a good one. I think I am finding my Leaf Lane Studio mojo again; it went missing for a while, due to a new set of routines and mental health 'happenings', but I am feeling like it is coming back. More on that below!

Speaking of the main Gratitude List, let's go for it shall we? (I can see your nodding, so I'll start now!).

:: I love nothing more than sitting in the spare room and painting, with the window wide open and the sound of life going on outside as I work. The weather has been so beautiful; walkers have been wandering past, laughing and chatting, the birds have been in full spring mode, chirping away relentless and pulling bits off of the palm trees to take back to their nests and the sea has looked stunning, with lots of little boats out enjoying the sun. I’m so grateful to live in this part of the world and, when I’m able to have an entire day to paint and sit with a cup of tea on the window seat, gazing out to the ocean, I really have to pinch myself that these moments are real.

:: Mum and dad have been down recently and we went out for a yummy dinner to a restaurant in Marazion; I always have the burger there because it is delicious, but the food is only part of the reason to be grateful because the view is gorgeous. The restaurant faces St Michaels Mount and is right on the sea front, so whilst you eat you get to watch the sun setting, dogs running in and out the waves and the mounts causeway getting slowly revealed by the receding tide. It really is so beautiful there and one of my favourite local places to enjoy a meal. I may have enjoyed a glass of white wine too and been slightly tipsy just two sips in; I really need to build up resistance!

:: After not being able to think of anything but sweet and salty popcorn throughout my entire training session on Thursday, I drove straight to Morrison’s in Penzance after the gym to buy a packet. It was so good! Not sure why it was such an obsession that day, but I went with it and enjoyed every second!



:: As I mentioned at the start of this post, I have been really struggling with Leaf Lane Studio, like really struggling. This is due to a whole load of factors that I have been chatting about on social media and on here for the past five or six weeks (new job, mental health crisis etc etc). I have been totally exhausted (still am actually!) and feeling like my capacity to do anything of any substance was at zero. I was feeling overwhelmed at the amount of things I 'should' or 'could' be doing but not managing to do anything. I took a step back for a while and allowed it to 'sit' with me whilst I felt all the emotions and angst attached to not moving forward. Some of the things that came up are, quite frankly, laughable, but I needed to see what I had to change to stay in my business through this particular season of life. Do you know what the biggest thing holding me back was (and it's so crazy how big this silly thing was to me!); my Bullet Journal. You guys know I love Bullet Journaling so much, but the pressure to have a pretty set up at all times for YouTube meant that I didn't use it at all. The ripple out from that was I wasn't writing my to-do lists, which meant I felt unorganised, which meant I felt helpless and paralysed. You see how something that seems so insignificant can have such a profound affect? I know how crazy it sounds but it was all about what other people would think if I took a break from it... nuts right? So now, I am back to a standard Moleskine weekly planner, just for a bit, so I can track myself better and actually get stuff done. I will definitely Bullet Journal again and I am still planning on releasing free printables and selling planner accessories too but for me, at least, at this time in my life, I need to go back to basics!

:: This week I got around to watching Brene Browns new talk on Netflix and, let me tell you, it is wonderful. I cried, I laughed, I wrote notes... everything I want from a talk like that! The theme of the show is about how you can’t be courageous without vulnerability and it is so interesting. Anything that involves courage will leave you vulnerable and wide open to the world because it is in those courageous moments that you are pushing yourself out of your comfort zone and into growth. If you get a chance I would highly recommend you watch it. I had to pop Friends on right after it though because crying needs balance.



:: Having been skint as a flint for a long time now, as long term readers will know, basically all my clothes have a hole (actually many holes) somewhere on them. One particular pair of jeggings I own tipped over the acceptable level of holes-to-material ratio recently, and so I had to drive down the road to Next and replace them. I’m not into shopping really, but for some reason, fueled by a wardrobe of 'air conditioned' clothes, I really enjoyed browsing the summer selection in Next and day dreaming about buying all of it. There are no shops down this end of Cornwall really, locally I mean, so going clothes shopping really involves a trip to Truro, so Next and Marks and Sparks are the only local option, which is fine by me. I was a good girl though and left only with a replaced pair of what I threw away... surely a gold star is due?

:: Yesterday, when I came in from work and had eaten, I went off for a bath and then climbed into bed for a nap. I decided to listen to a nap meditation, which was designed to give you lucid dreams (I’m so rock n roll guys) and, although I didn’t dream, I did wake up 40 minutes later feeling off my face. I looked at my phone and responded to a couple of messages feeling drunk, and swiftly went back to sleep again. I woke up at 5.30pm, having got in to bed around 3pm ish... but I felt so much better for it! It also meant that I managed to stay awake to watch MMA fighting last night which never happens now because I want to sleep by about 9pm these days!

:: I'm already super grateful and ever so excited for next Thursday as I am finally getting my hair cut and some lovely, sparkly-fresh highlights put in! Way too many grey hairs have been appearing for my liking, which isn't surprising as I haven't had my colour done since Novemeber/December! My favourite thing about the hair dressers... hair wash and massage for sure! Anyone else with me?!

That is it for this weeks ramble I'm afraid, but pop back for Wednesdays post won't you?!

Have a wonderful week ahead xx

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1 May 2019

WHO ARE YOU?



I wanted to use todays post to share an exercise with you that I had to do this week which, when I first heard it, I admit thinking it was a load of crap, but then as I got more into it I suddenly had great clarity and perspective on things.

I am referring to an exercise that I did  this week whilst at a mental health appointment, which involved exploring three different parts of your emotional self, in order to see clearly what you are like in each of those stages; there is a lot more to it than this, but I wanted to get you to think about the same thing and unpack a bit more as we go. Grab a sheet of paper and a pen and let's start with the questions...

The first thing I want you to consider is the following:

'What do you look like when your are having a good day?'

This is the easier one to consider I think; for me it is super smiley, laughing and quick-witted (in my opinion if no one elses!). I like to have loud music on and sing and bop around the house. I am always inspired and creative when I am happy and have this lust for life which I can't really pin down at any point; I could stay awake writing late into the night because ideas come flooding in, I am sociable and feel more comfortable in my own skin. I definitely have more confidence and don't let things get on top of me as easily. My goals and dreams are clear and my path is unobstructed by anything.

What about you? Jot down how you look when you are having your good days. Write down anything that comes to mind because it is all relevant (plus no one but you will be seeing it!).

Onto the second question:

'What are you like when you are experiencing really bad days (or if you suffer with mental health, what are the bad days like for you)?'

As much as this may seem like a depressing or negative thing to get you to list, just try and dig deep into yourself and identify all the things that make up a really bad day; you know the ones, where you just want to shove your head under the duvet and stay there? Yep, we all have them. If you are a fellow mental health sufferer, these days could be any range of emotions; addictive behaviours could become dominant, you may have urges to harm yourself or worse. List everything. You don't have to have a mental health issue to do this, whatever your bad day looks like for you is totally valid in context to your life.

Done that? Let's move on...

'What do you look like before a bad day comes along?'

For some people this will be a build up over several days, for others not so much. As an example, when I am cruising towards a bit of a 'meh' time, I can become a bit withdrawn, very, very tired and drained emotionally, I will continue to push and push and push because I feel like I am not doing enough (even though my body is telling me otherwise). I will crave sugar as a quick fix. I can be a bit snappy and irritable (usually because I am getting frustrated with myself for not being able to do the things I usually can). I lose focus and creativity dips.

They are a few of my alarm bells... list yours (be honest about them and what may trigger you to cycle downhill too).

Before we move onto the last bit, have a think about your answers to the three things above and consider where you spend most of your time? This was interesting for me. There may be a blurry edge to that of course. You may be mostly in 'on your way to a bad day' with a sprinkle of good, but it may be interesting to realise that you are more in the bad than the good.

Once you realise that you can start to lift yourself out, and that is where the good stuff happens. Without spending a little bit of time on exercises like this one, you can be a bit lost in your own mood. What will seem totally normal to you could be someones really bad day. So take a good hard look at yourself and consider where you're at!

Lastly, have a think about these three points:

 1. What can you do to help lift your spirits when you are starting to feel less upbeat? 

List some things that will make you feel better! Examples could be: take a bath, watch a funny movie, put on a favourite song, have a nap, go for a walk, phone a friend etc.

2. What do you need from those close to you in order to help you get back on track?

This can be harder than it looks to answer and everyone is different so there is no 'right' answer here!

3. What have you found unhelpful in the past?

This could be something you have tried and realised it only makes matters worse, but also consider some of the things that others do to help you that you find have the opposite affect. 

It is interesting to consider all these things and then have a deeper understanding of who you are, what makes you tick and what doesn't! After I completed this exercise (I have more to do in three weeks...yikes!) I found myself mentally categorising things that are in my life and seeing where they sit in terms of the three areas too. So maybe this is an additional thing you can explore: What activities do you do on a regular basis and how do they make you feel? What people do you spend time with? Do they give you energy or take it away from you? How does your work make you feel, etc etc.

What we are doing here is a kind of mind mapping everything out and by doing so, no matter how messy and no matter how you do it, you can get a clear visual on it all. For me, this is a really useful tool to see where I spend most of my head-space.

I hope you found this useful! I highly recommend giving it a shot; just make sure you are 100% honest with yourself throughout the whole thing. Give yourself some quiet time to do it and then some time to journal or reflect on whatever comes up. This exercise can act as an amazingly helpful prompt to open up to some of the deep-rooted things we have shelved in our heads.

Let me know what you think!
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