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The Black Cloud, Mindfulness and Helping Myself


I don’t know what it is but I’ve been feeling really down over the past few weeks. You know when you just feel so fed up with everything but for no particular reason? And you just can’t put your finger on what it is?

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t feel like this 24/7, it does lift some days. But for the most part I’ve felt pretty low. Not that anyone would notice because I am definitely one of those people that puts on a brave face to the outside world but my husband is the one that gets the brunt of all my emotions, sorry James!

I have suffered with anxiety and periods of feeling low in the past, so this isn’t really anything new. I think we all find life hard at times don’t we? But I think it’s really important to talk about it and be open because it is completely normal and nothing to feel ashamed of.

As usual, I bottled up my feelings for a while but I did eventually speak to my husband about how I was feeling, it always feels so good to talk to someone and let it all out doesn’t it? And it did do me good. We talked through different ways to help and one option was anti depressants, I have been on them in the past but didn’t feel like they helped me very much so I’m keen to stay away from them if I can. I have been offered counselling before, which I previously turned down but I’ve decided that now might be a good time to go ahead with it.

I’ve also been thinking a lot about mindfulness, I’ve done some research into it and it’s something that I’m really trying hard to practice at the moment. If you don’t know anything about mindfulness then check out this NHS page. But in a nutshell it is about being focused, aware of what is going on around you and thinking more about your thoughts and feelings. It’s a very simple idea but can be very effective.

I also received a brilliant book from Penguin a few days ago and the timing really couldn’t have been better. It’s called Be Great, Be Grateful: A Gratitude Journal for Positive Living.

Gratitude is powerful. It makes us feel happier, healthier and more hopeful. Join us on an empowering voyage of exploration from drain-cover spotting to cosmic pondering, simple observations to nature immersions as we look at inspiring and innovative ways to invite more gratitude into our daily lives.

What I really like about this book is that it’s a journal, so each morning you write down how you’re feeling, reasons to be grateful that day and what would make your day great. Then in the evening you reflect on the day, noting how you’re feeling and great things that happened during that day. I think it’s a brilliant way to be mindful and think about things a little deeper, I think we’re all guilty of not appreciating things some times when we really do have so much to be grateful for.

What do you do to beat the blues? Any tips and advice?

Thanks for reading.