A Year Long Challenge – We asked seven people who manage a mental health issue to take a photo each week, about something they are grateful for. Being In Gratitude starts to change how we perceive things. Read our Original Blog here. In my November catch up, I gave those on the challenge the option of leaving at this point, asking them to reflect on the challenge and how they would like to celebrate their ending. Monday has decided to leave us here and we celebrate her challenge in this blog.
After looking back at the description I wrote at the beginning of the challenge I don’t think anything has really changed. I am the still the same person that I was 6 months ago, perhaps just a little bit more self aware and grateful for the simple things and the everyday.
I AM MONDAY
I am a mother (dedicated to my children’s upbringing), a wife (dedicated to his career), and I am counsellor (dedicated to the well-being of others) – all of which make me feel whole. It’s not always been like this, my journey to this point in my life has been a massive roller coaster. It often would spiral out of control; from teenage trauma, to PTSD, to postpartum psychosis. I have self doubt, low self esteem and suffer with anxiety. I was lucky to have found great support through private and NHS mental health services. After a long road to recovery and support from friends and family I have become the person I am today as a result of the journey I have endured and I feel it makes me a more empathic counsellor. Mental health is important to me and I know it’s not always easy but it is something we all need to work on. One way I achieve this is to be grateful for the small things that bring us light on the darkest day. I will look forward to sharing these moments of gratitude with you over the year.
Being in gratitude has helped me focus on being able to look for something positive each week and made me reflect on the week that has passed, instead of just going along without consideration of what is good in my life. So it has taught me not to take the simple things for granted.
I believe that I am able to focus on the positives much more rather than the negatives and I have found this has been reflected in my work and my personal life.
I get my children to tell me 3 things that are grateful for each weekend, this helps them focus too, which in turn makes us all feel a little better.
Although I have really enjoyed the journey I am finding it hard to remember to post my picture, the last few weeks have become very busy and it is possibly because of the festive season approaching. I am also finding that my photos are becoming quite repetitive, and there is strong a pattern emerging of family and nature. With this in mind I think that I will end my contribution to this blog, but I have really valued being part of it. It has given me a new appreciation of what makes me happy.
I am still the same person…just a little bit more self aware and grateful for the simple things and the everyday. I focus on the positives more and don’t take the simple things for granted
” I would like to celebrate the last six months and see all the photos as a slideshow – a visual picture of my last 6 months. I would like to show my family too”.
Thank you all. xx