This blog post is a change from the regularly scheduled program of travel, culture, history and lifestyle posts that I’ve been doing for the last couple of months. Basically, I’m going to talk about how I’ve suffered increased anxiety and low moods recently.
Basically, when the sun is shining and I’ve done some travelling, got on top of social media, job applications, housework etc. I’m on top of the world. Ecstatic. Joyful. This is a great feeling to have especially if you suffer from low moods and anxiety like I do.
Even if I’m on top of everything I can get anxious and have a low mood for no reason. It just happens like that. It can happen anywhere at anytime and in any place. So not great if I’m enjoying myself on holiday and I start to feel anxious.
Sometimes I feel like I’m walking down a dark corridor, grappling with why I feel anxious and how to fix it. This is happening more recently as I’ve struggled to find full-time, permanent work in the museum sector in the UK and Ireland. Which is quite haunting to someone who enjoys full-time work for my mental and creative well-being.
Now don’t get me wrong I’m probably going to have to get a full-time or part-time job in another sector (though not retail; definitely not good for my mental health!) just to tide me over whilst I look for full-time work in my chosen field. Basically, I need something to occupy my time besides blogging and volunteering. Nothing worse than sitting at home with your own thoughts!
Sometimes I have to remind myself and have others remind me to keep buoyant (hence the picture of buoys!) and take steps to make myself less anxious and improve my mood. This can involve going for a walk (something I do everyday), talking to my boyfriend, reading, sewing or just simply doing Yoga.
It really is easy to improve your mood if you know how to but the most important thing I would say is to talk to someone you trust and who cares about you. There is no better feeling than talking about your problems with a loved one. After all a problem shared is a problem halved. This attitude has enabled me to come into ‘full bloom’ on many an occasion and I’d highly recommend it to you as well.
Until next time take care of yourself and others, eat plenty of good food and read awesome books and expect more history, lifestyle, culture and travel blog posts