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Go on a mental holiday

I have battled with depression and emotional instability for a very long time and sometimes find it very hard to ‘snap out of’ a low mood. 

I do have one trick up my sleeve though that the more I use, the more I enjoy. I’d like to share it with you, because it’s easier to do than you think.

Basically I’m going to explain my version of a mental holiday. Not a holiday where everyone goes mad, drinks too much, and comes home with a random tattoo. My mental holiday is about a vacation from my tiring, negative, sometimes overwhelming thoughts, and it is free and easy, requiring only the smallest amount of effort.

What I do when things are unbearable is visualise myself packing all my problems into a suitcase and boarding an airplane. I visualise the plane taking off and ascending higher and higher. I look out through the window at the terrible dark clouds and rain (generally reflecting my mood) and I watch as the sky clears and the plane breaks through into beautiful sunshine, blue skies and calm. Higher and higher the plane goes and the dark clouds are no longer in sight, they are way below me now. I feel calmer and for just a few minutes I feel detatched from everything, safe, peaceful and calm.

I have a few different things I do on my mental holiday, each time I try something a bit different. In the early days I decided to press the button to call the air stewardess, have her come and then request she have my suitcase thrown off the plane. The technicalities of how she would do this mid-flight don’t seem to worry me because she smiles at me and says “what a good idea, ill do that for you now” and then she offers me the nicest tasting cocktail ever.

On a recent mental holiday I decided the airplane kept on climbing higher and higher and it turned into space travel and my views of the earth were astonishing, I tried to locate my problems and zoom in on them back down on earth but I realised there was much more fascinating stuff to look at and consider.

My old favourite is to land my plane on a tropical paradise beach, sit on the shore in a hammock, and breathe deeply enjoying a sunset and the sound of the waves.

The trick is to let your imagination do the work, just get immersed in the holiday feeling you often get when you are taking off for a well earned break. It is rare these days I can afford a holiday but I don’t let that stop me and since I learned this mental holiday was free and there any time I needed it, I enjoy my 5-10 mins out immensely.  Give it a try. Where will your imagination take you?

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Dare greatly.

Brené Brown: Listening to shame #TED : http://on.ted.com/r8BU

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly”

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a letter to myself at 34yrs old

I love you every day, even on the days when I’m convinced I don’t or can’t.

There’s the smallest possibility that things can change and you believe that even when you forget it or when possibilities seem gone forever.

I don’t think its easy for one to know how to love oneself but I do think its more sensible to fall in love with your life. Because that includes everything around you and not just within you.

Don’t be surprised if you haven’t seen the worst, and worse things happen. That might just mean you also haven’t seen the best and that better things may happen too.

Be at your funeral, see it in your mind at your worst moments and see all the love there is in the room for you, let it light up your heart and give you the strength to go on.

Tell people you need help, accept it and don’t ever be ashamed of saying you have a mental illness. Say it with pride because only you knows the battle fought to be where you are, let that knowledge give you the courage to stand tall.

Accept adversity and don’t let it stress you out. Everything that happens happens to others and they find a way of coping. Ask them how.

Remember, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. One life. Live it to the best of your ability and follow your heart.

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