Trying something new!

Isolation update.

Photo by me of myself

We currently find ourselves in somewhat uncertain and rather unsettling times. When lockdown was initially enforced and Corona Virus was officially classified as a world pandemic, I like many others found it to be an all new trigger for Anxiety and a large contribution to low mood and Depression. I began allowing all the information from the daily news updates to consume my every thought. I was left feeling sad, lazy and unwilling to contribute or adjust to a new routine of daily life in quarantine.

After a few too many weeks I finally decided that I needed to find that new routine, it was not only important for my girls but also for myself as I could feel my mental health start to slip. Don’t get me wrong the routine still isn’t perfect, but my state of mind and has definitely begun to improve since it was implemented. I made the decision to no longer plan my day around the daily news updates, to only allow myself to consume information that was essential to my family and I. In doing this it has helped me to really appreciate the time that I am able to share with my them. making sure to Focus my mind on the positives and look to the future when we eventually come through this and out the other side. This new state of mind and perspective is what has been the driving force behind my upcoming blog’s.  It has given me the confidence to try new things that I possibly never would, had it not been for quarantine.

A new idea!

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Some time has passed since my last post but I found that for a short time, whilst adjusting to our new normal, I felt a little uninspired and struggled to find the motivation to sit down and write, but now I have been inspired to change it up a little bit, and have come up with an idea to create a new little blog series.

The blog series is going to be titled “Isolation made me do it!”

What is it? How will it work?

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Every Tuesday in the month of June I will be posting a blog sharing with you a little insight and behind the scenes of what Isolation has inspired me to do, some of which I still can’t quite believe myself!

Since settling into the quarantine life, I seem to have gained confidence in doing things that perhaps I never would before. It’s quite amazing the things you will do when you don’t have to go anywhere or see anyone!

Why I have chosen to blog about it?

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The reason for why I have chosen to share with you the tales of my isolation incidents is because, I am hoping to help bring a little happiness and joy to others. A lot of what we read, see or watch is focused on the events of the world and the terrible times that we are living through. Of course it is important for us to be aware, but sometimes it’s nice to read something a little more upbeat, to help us to look for the positives in a negative situation, even if those positives are just glimmers of light or passing moments, they provide us with an escape, an instant to loose ourselves and find our happy place again. Fingers crossed my little blog series will help you to do this!

I would love for you to join me on this upcoming journey, and please let me know how you are managing during this surreal time?

Question of the week.

Has isolation spurred you on try something new?

Stay safe, be kind and keep smiling. 💚❤️

Published by A Work In Progress

My name is Natalie, I am a 30 something year old wife and mum of two children and one cheeky dachshund called Winston. I am a Mental Health Blogger and aspiring motivational speaker. It was May of 2019 that I decided to set up my website A Work in Progress, to create a blog based primarily on the subject of Mental Health. I chose to call myself and my website A work in Progress because after so many years of trying to seek perfection, living with extreme Anxiety and Depression has really helped me to realise that the something I was looking for simply didn’t exist. No one is perfect nor will they ever be, we continuously evolve and grow through the different experiences we have and the hurdles we encounter, thus making perfect versions of exactly who we are at that time in our lives. The intention with my blog is to inspire other’s and help them through the tough times, whilst drawing awareness to a subject that still does not get enough attention. Over the last few years I myself have struggled with Mental Health illnesses, specifically Anxiety and Depression. I first began writing as a way of helping myself to deal with my illness. It allowed me to express how I felt in detail and in turn allowed me to process my thoughts and figure out how best to manage and deal with them. I hope to spread a little more kindness into a world that doesn’t always feel very kind. I believe it is so important to recognise the colossal impact kind words can have and remove the perception that we should aspire to be like someone else rather than be happy with who we are. I want to share my experiences with others, to show that although tough and a journey that takes time, it is possible to reach the lowest point in your life and come out the other side.

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