Its been a while since I've written anything online. To be honest I've been feeling like a lot of people probably have, uninspired, anxious, depressed, worried, uncertain.
They are all negative words and thoughts and we all know what they can do to your mental health.
I've been researching, reading and doing all I can to get myself out of the mindset, I think I am almost there.
One book I would recommend reading is The Warrior Wellbeing Toolkit, its been put together by 16 collaborative authors who share their own stories and personal battles whilst providing their own unique self help tools and techniques. There really is someone in the book who each of us can relate to. The book gives hope and inspiration, which is something we all need right now. All authors have their own social media accounts or websites so you can stay in touch and keep up to date with their latest news and techniques. For me, Carol-Ann Reid and Danielle Downey have helped tremendously, I hope you can find someone too. You can get your copy of The Warrior Wellbeing Toolkit on Amazon now.
I've always wanted to 'do' more meditation but never seem to be able to fit it into my day. What this really means is, I don't make it a priority. Which is ridiculous considering meditation has so many benefits such as stress management, focus, controls anxiety, peacefulness and headspace. There are lots of meditation apps out there including videos on YouTube, it's all about finding the right one for you.
For me the right one is about the length of the meditation, some are forty minutes some are five minutes. The type of meditation, is it for relaxation, sleep, reducing stress, feeling good, colour therapy, balancing your chakras and energy? Then the voice, yes there is no point listening to a meditation if you cant stand the voice, trust me, there are those annoying ones out there. This week I've been meditating using a 5 Minute Morning 'Today is a Great Day' by Carol-Ann Reid on You Tube. It really does help to ground my thoughts and set me up for the day. Deep breathing is key.
My whole reason for setting up this blog was to write down my thoughts and feelings as I'm not a great talker. With our minds having around 60,000-80,000 thoughts per day, its important we have some kind of release. What if 50% of those thoughts were negative?
This is where writing comes in and why I have shared this picture.
Since the lockdown I've written every day in my notebook and it has really helped. I have also found the perfect time of day, early morning before the house wakes up, sat in my garden with a cup of tea listening to the bird song. Breathing in the cool morning air with the sun shining and the birds singing, after completing the mediation, is a fabulous start to the day.
Sometimes I write moans, well quite a bit with 2 children at home and attempting the home schooling. Other times its positive thoughts, an idea for a story or blog or writing about a film I watched the night before. The film was Judy - it was about her time in London 6 months before she died with insights into her childhood whilst filming The Wizard of Oz. I'm not sure I will be able to watch The Wizard of Oz with the same wonder.
Anyway I digress, find your morning routine, find your peaceful place, pick up a pen and a piece of paper and write, if you don't know what to write, write that and see what comes out, its called the stream of conciousness.