The most important thing for me on my absolute worst days is that I have a support network. I have friends, family, work colleagues and my partner all there on hand to talk to. Although not all of them necessarily understand what I am going through the majority of them do attempt to help me get through my bad days and for that I have no words that could even begin to describe how thankful I am. Particularly to my partner who puts up with me even when I am being a brat or being irritable as he often ends up in the fire line (we do live together…)
On my very worst days it’s my support network that can still make me laugh, get me out of bed, help me get outside. You name it. They help me. Whether it be shopping trips (window shopping, mind you), chilling in the flat, heading to our local Wetherspoons they are what gives me strength to get up and claim the day for myself. A recent example is when my partners friends invited us out for drinks. I cried for a full hour before eventually getting up, getting dressed and heading out to meet up with people. And you know what? I had a really really good time. I probably would have stayed in bed all day if it wasn’t for them inviting us out.
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Support is easy to find if you want it and I guess the first step is seeking it, because it won’t come to you with no prompt. If you’re feeling low and think you can fix it then please do. Invite your mum round, talk to your mates, snuggle your partner. Whatever gets you through the day, don’t be afraid to ask for it. Trust me, more people than you think will be there to support you. I was very pleasantly surprised at how many people jumped in to help and support me when I said I needed it. I am genuinely forever thankful to all the people who have supported me in the past few months.
It’s so important to have a support network which is why it’s also important to tell your friends and family what’s going on. If they don’t know then they can’t encourage you to get up and go and without that encouragement, well, you probably won’t leave your flat at all. As least that’s the case for me. I would hate for anyone else to experience what I have experienced so please please please tell the people around you what’s going on in your head. Communicate. It can only be good for you at the end of the day.
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