I am very much a routine type of person which helps me feel on top of things. I wake up at 6 am every morning. Even if it’s a sleep in, I wake up and go back to sleep. I think quality sleep is really important. I have a pre-bed routine (cup of tea and lie on the shakti mat) every night that helps me wind down and lets my body know its time for sleep.
I share my story not to tell everyone that I am ‘fixed’, but to provide for others an open look at what managing wellness looks like for me on a daily basis. I know I’ve returned to good mental space and health. On top of that, I certainly still have days when I feel like shit - and that’s OK. That’s part of being a normal, healthy human. I think it’s weird that it’s seen as alright to feel good, but it’s not alright to feel bad. My emotional rollercoaster used to go from the highest of highs and lowest of lows in a short pace of time. Essentially I have used tools that work for me to flatten that out into more of a gentle wave. When I sense that the waves are higher I take note and I clear my head by doing something active outdoors.
One of my favourite quotes is this, from Elizabeth Kubler Ross; “The most beautiful people we know are those who have known defeat, known to suffer, known struggle, known loss and found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness and deep loving concern. Beautiful people don't just happen”.
If you could send a note back to yourself when you needed the most help, what would it say?