Staying positive at any time of the year seems to be a challenge for many. But I myself have found that in the height of winter’s dark days and underlying gloom, it can become even harder. During the winter months we tend to be also at the height of our work load, with Christmas approaching, exams looming and the days getting shorter. Overall this equals lower moods and heightened stress levels. It’s no wonder that depression and suicide rates reach all time highs at this time of year. With this in mind I think it is important to highlight the need to take care of not only ourselves but those around us especially at this time of year.
This year one of my (long overdue) resolutions is to work on my mental health and the first step I am taking is to be more positive in my everyday life. I personally think that a positive mindset is the key to good mental health and am willing to prove it to you by the end of 2016 when I hopefully will have reached my goal. So stay tuned!
I’m leaving below a little list of things I’m going to do for this month and each month I will add more things to the list and post a little update on how I’m doing so that by the end of the year I will have changed my lifestyle in little ways that will effect my mental health in a huge way.
Staying Positive January Goals & Tasks:
- Continue writing my “What Made Me Smile” posts every week.
- Pick a quote each day in order to inspire myself and apply it to that day.
- Donate money and help others whenever I can.
- If I make mistakes (which I do all the time), take a deep breath and learn from them.
These are my January goals & tasks! Will you be joining me in my journey to good mental health? Leave your own ideas on being positive below for everyone to see! Together we can do this 🙂 ❤
SUNDAY: I woke up to some lovely comments on my posts from my followers. It really brightened my day. I love you all! ❤
MONDAY: Had lunch with my mom in town – some quality time was well needed.
TUESDAY: I won a little instagram competition for my posts about @missfitskinnytea. You could say very excited about this.
WEDNESDAY: Got my brothers ready for school and they both hugged me really tightly before leaving. My neighbour brought more baked goods!
THURSDAY: My tea came in the post!
FRIDAY: I reached 100 followers on this blog!
SATURDAY: I am currently babysitting 2 of my cousins and having a Disney movie night with them 🙂
What made you smile this week?
SUNDAY: Spent the day relaxing with one of my bestest friends for the first time in months.
MONDAY: Met Jem in town & got all my Christmas shopping for my Mom done today at last!
TUESDAY: I went to see the new Star Wars movie which I loved (BB-8 was definitely my favourite) and then went out for a few Christmas drinks with my friends. I had a little too much to drink but they took care of me which makes me smile.
WEDNESDAY: 6am Christmas tesco trip with my mom with a slight hangover? I think so. Also Jem came over = doctor who, lots of food , cuddles & smiles of course.
THURSDAY: It’s Christmas Eve, which equals LOTS of quality time with the family.
FRIDAY: IT’S CHRISTMAS DAY! 3:30 am start with my bros? I personally don’t think there’s a better morning for it. My mom was delighted with the presents I bought her (especially the coffee machine) so I’m happy that she’s happy.
SATURDAY: With Christmas day over for another year we are spending the whole day relaxing by the fire in our pjs and will watch movies later this evening (if the electricity is back). Since the electricity went for a while my brothers and I took out our new colouring books and coloured together. This is definitely my favourite time of the year.
Another day, another post of what made me smile this week. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmassy week too. Let me know what made you smile this week, big or small, it all counts. A big thank you to all of my followers who read my posts and leave feedback and lovely comments. You guys are amazing and make me smile all the time.