2016 has been a tough year for me. Don’t get me wrong it’s had some incredible highlights and that’s probably what you’ve seen on social media, but on a personal level it’s been pretty damn hard. Still, I’m trying to be more positive so here are the 3 top things 2016 has taught me to be grateful for:
My family (which includes my amazing friends) have been an endless source of comfort, strength and encouragement as well as a much needed kick up the bum at times.
Because my brain can be stupid, I often don’t take people up on their offers of help or company. I tried to change that this year and realised just what an incredible bunch of people I have surrounded myself with, so thank you from the bottom of my heart.
This year has been a bit of a boxing match with my mental health ~ it won more than I would have liked. Still my resilience and drive (often backed up by my family) got me through the toughest parts.
I’m so glad that it did because I started a new career path, made some fantastic new friends and gained some wonderful life experience. There have been times where I have wanted to give up and curl into a ball (almost daily at one point) but being a pain in the arse got me through – I knew it would come in handy at some point.
The ability to relax
Having gone from a deadline driven job, to working as a carer and then on to university I’ve slowly given myself more time to chill out. I know how incredibly lazy I sound saying this but it has been bliss and just what I needed.
After a hectic few years of never giving myself a chance to unwind I got to the point where I was completely burnt out. So I’ve been dipping in and out of mindfulness throughout the year and have slowly developed the ability to completely unwind by simply paying attention to what I’m doing. Whether that’s something crafty, reading, having a bath or even having a conversation. Seriously though, make sure you take time to relax and unwind.