I’m sat in the dark because the bulb in my bedroom has gone and I’m too flippin short to change it! Sometimes being short is awesome, mainly because you can fit into small places, but sometimes it’s a nightmare. Like right now.
I decided I’d pass some time by reading other blogs which I love doing anyway, but haven’t done much of lately, and I started thinking about other things that I enjoy but haven’t had time for recently. As many of you know, I’ve struggled with depression for a while but it’s been much worse over recent months. Sometimes it’s nice to stop for a moment and think about things that make you happy and, in my case, how you can do more of those things.
So, I went for a list of 12. I almost always do lists in 12. Why? Because 1 to 10 is good but what about those things that are better than good? Well, they get the 11th and 12th spots. Having said that, these are in no particular order.
1. Reading – As I was reading when I decided to write this post, this one should come as no surprise! But I do really love reading whether it’s blog posts or books, I love to get lost in someone else’s words. At the moment, I’m reading “Reasons to Stay Alive” by Matt Haig which is an amazing story about how Matt overcame depression from the brink of suicide. I think part of the reason I’m enjoying it so much is because I can relate to pretty much every single word but I’d highly recommend it to anyone. The downside is that, at the moment, I only really get to read it on my way to and from work which, if you’ve ever travelled on the underground during rush hour, you’ll know isn’t always possible.
2. Crafts – There’s something about drawing and making things that I find really therapeutic. It’s something I can completely immerse myself in for hours on end. Plus it means I get to buy pretty things like paper and washi tape!
3. Running – Ok, ok, I hate running. The physical act of running is painful and cold and sweaty all at the same time. But the feeling it gives you is amazing. There’s something so satisfying about setting yourself a goal and then pushing yourself to beat it, even if it’s just a small goal like not walking until you get to the next lamp post/street/mile marker. And then there’s the obvious health benefits of it too, even if you do feel like you’re dying at the time.
4. Stationery – I guess this stems from my love of arts and crafts but I have an unhealthy obsession with stationery, especially notebooks. On Tuesday night I had some time to kill before my belly dance class and spent a good half an hour (yes, a full half an hour) in kikki.K looking at all of their different notebooks and diaries. I’ve made a little list of what I want to buy on pay day! Top of the list is the wellness planner and the Be Brave daily thoughts book.
5. Food – I love food. Probably too much but it makes me so fucking happy!
6. Friends and Family – It’s so nice to catch up with people you haven’t seen for a while. To forget about your immediate problems and just talk about the good things that have happened. Sure you might bitch a little but, for the most part, when you’re catching up with friends and family you focus on the good things and share funny stories that make you smile.
7. Films – No matter what kind of mood you’re in, there’s a film for it. Sometimes you just need a silly comedy like Step Brothers to make you laugh and other times you need something uplifting and inspirational like Eat, Pray, Love or The Theory of Everything (which is what I’m watching as I write this post). The point is, film is something else that you can lose yourself in and become completely drawn in by the characters and stories. Apart from those I’ve already mentioned, the other film than never fails to make me smile is Beasts of the Southern Wild, it has to be one of my all time favourite films.
8. Learning – There’s nothing better than learning something new. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t studying something, even just an online course with no actual qualification at the end of it. There’s so much information at our fingertips that it seems a complete waste not to try to take some of it in. I also think that this one relates to my experience of depression because learning new things gives me a sense of purpose and achievement.
9. Photography – From both angles. As much as I enjoy taking photos, there’s so much talent out there to appreciate and make you smile. Sometimes I just Google photographers based on countries or subjects and spend hours marvelling at their portfolios.
10. Writing – Blogs, lists, things that make me smile, working on my book, whatever it is that I’m writing, it makes me smile. Writing, especially blog posts, can be cathartic and help clear your mind. It can get rid of the bad things in your mind and make you focus on the good things.
11. Travel – At the moment it’s more about planning future travel than actually travelling because I’m really poor at the moment! You probably already know that love travelling and there’s nothing better than exploring new places, or as I am at the moment, planning new places to explore.
12. Making Lists – Yes, I am a major nerd. So what?
There’s lots of other things that make me smile but these are my “go to” 12. What makes you smile? I’d love to know.