Working full time with a mental illness can be really draining, to the point that I used to go home in the evenings and just sleep without any down time or food so my whole world became about work which led to me being signed off. After a while of this building up I decided that instead of sleeping I needed a boost in the evenings. Something that gives me a reason to stay up in the evenings and keep me eating 3 meals a day.
It can be something as simple as “write a blog post tonight”. It gives me the boost I need to survive for another few hours. More recently I’ve been getting back in to the socialising game by actually seeing friends which really does gives me a massive mood booster because it reminds me how much fun I can have if I just let it happen. My partner is also a massive help in all of this as he always prompts me asking stuff like “What do you want to do tonight?” when I start going to bed which makes me stop and think “maybe I should watch something” or “maybe I should blog”.
I’m currently working on seeing friends more often as it’s the biggest boost you can get. What’s better than hanging out with someone you love and get on well with? Nothing. I’ve already got a really full weekend planned for a bit of a boost to help me get through the following week. I am still struggling, but my friends are all really great and understanding (which to be honest is why they are my friends).
In terms of more long term boosts having something to look forward to can give you a boost that lasts for months. For me right now it’s my holiday in May giving me a boost, I am visiting Rotterdam to attend a conference (#Traverse18) and I couldn’t be more excited to meet like minded people who I can chat to about blogging without boring them to death. The other big event giving me a boost is my mums wedding coming up in July, I can’t wait to see my mums happy face in a gorgeous wedding dress and celebrate the wonderful relationship she is in.
Those are my boosts. What are yours?