Now then! Its been a while since I’ve posted so I thought I’d give a little update of where I am, how I’m doing and what I do on this road of recovery. Hint – it includes a lot of #everydayselfcare
The Matt that is sat here right now is a completely different one that wrote my first post early in 2017. I’m still fucking awesome! (2017 Matt would not of been able to say that) But I’m managing my mental health and mindset a hell of a lot better… and for me, one of my main weapons is #everydayselfcare
Since early January this year, I don’t remember a day I didn’t practice some kind of #everydayselfcare. It wasn’t a New Years resolution because I’m a great believer in looking back at what we’ve overcome rather than looking forward and your mental health can’t just be turned on and off like that – it was a natural progression – but truth be told, I can’t sit here and write this and say it was a piece of piss! It took, and still takes hard work to practice #everydayselfcare.
Like I say, since early January I’ve practised #everydayselfcare… everyday! Be it a walk (mostly that in my case), cooking up a storm, yoga, mindful minutes, pub with a mate, a brew, the gym (what’s one of them?!), HIIT (thanks @wackydaggers for getting me into that), Netflix/cinema, music, and when on a bad mental health day – just getting out of bed, bath/shower, brushing your teeth, change of clothes. The list could go on and on but the gist is something that makes you feel good even just a little or for a short amount of time. It doesn’t have to be something big, as long as it’s #everydayselfcare.
It all comes natural now, but there’s that niggling thought in the back of my head of how I’d feel if I had a couple of days off just lounging around in my pants watching It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia (something I used as a safety blanket – or mental health blanket if you will! – in my darkest days), but I’m not willing to find out. Since January, these have been the best 4-5 months of the last two years. I feel good, I feel strong mentally, and in my humble opinion I look pretty god damn good!
I know its not easy, I know some people might read this and think “fuck off, how is going for a walk going to get me out of this hell?” but it’s worked for me and please believe me – – recovery is possible. There is light at the end of the tunnel and it might all come from starting to practice some #everydayselfcare.
Take care, keep safe, kick arse, talk mental health, and keep talking mental health
Peace and love