Day 10 #BlurtSelfCareathon : #Laugh

They say that laughter makes the world go round. Although this statement isn’t scientifically correct, it is a staple in my idea of how laughter works. If you’ve had a funny experience and tell your friend, they pass it on. How many times have you heard “I have a friend who…”? That’s how it goes around the world. If you make people laugh they will like you, feel happier and have a much better day. It’s important to surround yourself with friends that make you laugh not only because it secures friendships in many cases, but because it helps remind you that not everything is bad and even on your worst days, you can had a laugh with your best friend.

I sincerely don’t think I’d be as grounded, sane and happy if it weren’t for the laughs I have with friends. If I never laughed I’d probably find myself walking around like a zombie every single day. Work, home, sleep, work, home sleep. That would be your routine because you wouldn’t WANT to see your friends. You’d stop enjoying outings because you’d basically be having the same conversations every single time and never making new experiences. This was me for a while, when I was suffering really badly with depression and anxiety, and it killed my spirit.

I’d say that not going out and having a laugh made my depression and anxiety so much worse to the point that they took over my entire life and my moods just completely dropped. If you’re in a similar scenario I would highly encourage social time with someone you know you will have a laugh with, even if it means having your friends over instead of going out I really do encourage meeting with the friends that make you howl with laughter because your spirits will be so much higher and you’ll have more fight in you to tell the illnesses “No, I am in control”. That’s pretty much how I get by now.

In saying that, I am incredibly lucky that I work with people who also like a laugh. It makes coming in to work so much easier on my bad mental health days because I know that it won’t be all about stress and work, but also about having fun in your workplace. It can make the admin side of my job seem less tedious.

Author: Jodie Paterson

I'm Jodie Paterson, a 23 year old Edinburgh based blogger! Born and raised in Aberdeen/Aberdeenshire, I quickly grew a passion for writing, photography and many other creative ventures due to the beautiful Scottish landscapes that surrounded me, and I'm now 5 years in to my blogging journey and still absolutely loving it!

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