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Self Care Experiment: Days 10-12

Day 10: Write Down 10 Things I’m Grateful For

Ahh gratitude, my old friend. Coinciding (good word) with the rise of self care, gratitude is regularly being encouraged among those struggling with their mental health, as well as those of healthy mind. The concept is that you hone in on specific details about your day, week or month, that you’re grateful for. You can be grateful about anything: that you didn’t miss the bus, that your day went past without negativity, and so on.

Before I started this blog, I aimed to create a gratitude journal, but like with most of the half-arsed promises that I make (and I make a lot of them) I did it for about two weeks, before I had an off-day where I forgot to write in my journal – and so ended my momentum. On Day 10, I had been quite busy day with travelling, unpacking and getting ready to meet up with some friends. However, I found a few minutes before the festivities began, to jot down a few things that I’m grateful for. When I had tried creating a gratitude journal, I initially found it difficult because it requires you to really think back to moments that you probably overlooked at the time. I found that same level of difficulty when trying it this time around, but once I started coming up with ideas, it got easier. Overall, I think writing down things that you’re grateful for is a good idea, since it allows you to gain perspective on your day (like maybe it wasn’t as shitty as you thought it was).

Photo Credit 📷: Kelly Sikkema

Here are the 10 things I was grateful for on Day 10:

  1. Despite getting caught in a thunderstorm on my walk home from the train station, none of my belongings were damaged (I was soaked)
  2. My bed
  3. Catching up with friends
  4. I looked good without makeup on (yasss queen)
  5. I had tidied my room before I left, so returning home felt less stressful
  6. The days are getting longer (bye winter, you bitch)
  7. Fleetwood Mac (need I say more?)
  8. I wasn’t worried about my financial situation
  9. Apart from feeling a little tired, my body was healthy
  10. I wasn’t afraid to sing along happily to my music (RIP flatmates)

Review: It’s good to be grateful. Thunderstorms are nice when you’re not in one. Fleetwood Mac.

4/5

Day 11: Watch Your Favourite Film

Disclaimer: I personally enjoy watching TV shows more than I enjoy watching films (don’t hate me because you ain’t me). Honestly, half of the time when I’m watching a film, I just get bored. TV episodes tend to be shorter than films, so the creators have to put more action into them to get a good audience response. If you’re watching a TV show, and by the end of the episode nothing had happened, you’d be pretty peeved. A lot of the time in films, the action doesn’t happen until the end, and I just can’t get into films like that.

Now, if I had to say exactly what my favourite film at the moment is (and this is often subject to change), I would probably say ‘Girl, Interrupted’. Without any spoilers, it’s basically about a young woman with borderline personality disorder (played by the wonderful Winona Ryder) who spends a year in a mental institution in the 1960s. Whilst there isn’t any real action in terms of fighting etc., whenever I watch this film I’m never bored. I love the storyline and the character developments, especially as each individual in the institution has been diagnosed with a different form of mental illness or disorder. It isn’t a long film, and it has a great cast including Angelina Jolie, Brittany Murphy and Whoopi Goldberg. Even though I really enjoy this film, I wouldn’t watch it every time I’m having a bad day, as I feel as though it would ruin its appeal.

Photo Credit 📷: Caspar Camille Rubin

Review: TV > Films. How apt that my favourite film relates to mental health. Too much of a good thing is a bad thing.

3.5/5 (the activity, not the film, she gets 5/5)

Day 12: Declutter Your Belongings

If you have read my About page (and why wouldn’t you, it’s all about the joy that is me) then you’ll know that I aspire to embrace minimalism. A key feature of minimalism, isn’t throwing away everything you own in favour for a stark, white room. Instead, the concept is to remove the excess in favour for the essentials, and the things that bring joy. Some of you may have seen the Marie Kondo series on Netflix, where she enters a home and declutters it, and that isn’t my style (first of all I just couldn’t get into that series). I prefer to declutter as I go, and so far I have noticed results.

Day 12 had the light and energy to inspire me to be productive (rarer than a white whale), so I focused my energy on decluttering my desk and shelves. I like to listen to my music whilst I do this (I’ve been particularly enjoying the Positive Playlist from Day 5), as it helps me stay on a positive track. I think I did a pretty decent job of it, I recycled a lot of old uni notes and only kept the items that I get a practical, and emotional value from. Beforehand, I used to place a lot of ‘sentimental’ value on my stuff, which made it harder to let it go. As I have grown to adopt a more minimalist mindset, it’s become easier to get rid of my stuff.

Photo Credit 📷: Jilbert Ebrahimi

Review: Excess is bad. Value is good. The Positive Playlist is banging.

4/5

Photo Credit 📷: Debby Hudson

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