March is officially a new chapter of my life (sorry for the really cheesy intro…) I usually love March in general because it means the warmer days are on their way, the sun is shining and maybe I can finally wear some colour instead of fashioning all shades of grey? But oh no wait, it’s been snowing, yet sunny, but really really REALLY cold. So who knows when the season will start properly.
I’ve recently had quite a bad experience with my mood, not for any reason in particular but it’s noticeably been up and down. I’ve been watching a few Youtube videos and reading various blogs on the topic of mental health and people’s experiences with the different types and it seems like I’m not the only one. I haven’t always been honest about my battle with anxiety, more so with myself than anyone else, but when I wrote this post last year, it had one of the best responses of anything I’ve ever written, and to me that just shows how much people want to know they’re not alone. But I don’t want this blog post to be about that.
I’ve noticed that sometimes I can get so busy and bogged down with work, friends, relationships and everything in general that I can sometimes forget about the little things in my life; the day-to-day things that make me happy, like relaxing with a cup of tea, speaking to my friends, winding down with my laptop, writing a new blog post, playing with my cat, seeing my family… the list goes on. I’ve decided that the new season is going to bring a new way of thinking to the table, and that is to not forget the little things in life. I feel as though the brighter days in itself will make a huge impact on my mood, but I am also going to change the way I approach things day-to-day.
These are some of the things that have helped me so far in my quest to clear my head and give myself a good old spring clean.
1. De-cluttering my wardrobe. I am a massive hoarder when it comes to clothes. I don’t think I realised how bad it was until I cleaned out my cupboards over the weekend, and that’s after clearing it out last summer as well, although you wouldn’t have thought it… There are definitely some things that I want to hold on to because they hold sentimental value, but the rest I am either going to sell or give to charity. I don’t think I am at the point where I could handle having a capsule wardrobe as I am so indecisive and have to have options, but maybe it should be on my radar for the future.
2. On that note, I have recently gone through my makeup collection as well and got rid of all the products that I haven’t used in the last 3 months. You won’t believe me, but my collection has more than halved. I still had foundations I tried out when I was at university, crushed/broken eyeshadows from years ago, and lipsticks that definitely do not suit my skin tone, so I got rid of them and gave some away (notably not the ones that were encrusted with foundation and dust) And I feel better for it already.
3. Still on the topic of de-cluttering (who knew that wasn’t one word btw?!) I went through my bathroom and completely gutted the whole thing. It was strangely satisfying going through all my shelves and drawers and baskets of different products and making the finished product look all pretty and organised. I also cancelled my Birchbox subscription because although I love trying new products every month, I honestly don’t have the time to try them all, which means that they just seem to take up too much room. Plus saving money = good adult and all that.
4. Colouring in. I got an adult colouring in book for Christmas off a friend, and to be honest I put it on my bookshelf as I didn’t have any crayons and may have slightly forgotten about it… But I found it the other day, took a trip to Tesco and spent the next 2 hours colouring in. At first I was a bit sceptical as to whether it would help or if I would get bored too easily, but it was amazing and it really helped me to relax. I would massively recommend them if anyone needs some downtime.
5. Stop sweating the small stuff. Suffering from anxiety means this one is quite hard but I’m trying to change my mind-set to think ‘what’s the worst that could happen’. Although it might seem quite negative to some people, once you think about the worst case scenario it actually helps you to overcome it because its never as bad as you once thought. I have a tendency to overthink things massively to the point where I get really flustered not just in work life, but my personal life as well, and I think this way of thinking will have a massive impact on my day-to-day life and help me to be more positive.
6. Write it down. I recently read about the Happiness Planner online, and I think it’s a great idea (although the £39 price tag isn’t so much fun…) If this isn’t for you, then there are definitely cheaper alternatives, and who even said you need a specific planner to write down the things that make you happy. Maybe a better alternative would be to write it all down in a notebook, or start a blog? I have found that a blog massively helps me to vent, and half of the posts I write I don’t actually ever post, it’s just a good place to get my thoughts into one place.
7. Give myself a break. I am a bit of a perfectionist, so if something doesn’t go the way it’s supposed to, it sends me into a mad panic. I need to remember that life is for living and learning and just because something isn’t going the way I imagined, it doesn’t mean the new path won’t open doors and be different and exciting. I just need to remember to step back and relax.
I’m hoping that all of these things will have a positive effect on my mood and help me ‘spring clean’ my mind. I do feel better already having just got rid of some of the clutter in my room and bathroom. It’s what they say though, a tidy home means a tidy mind 🙂