Happy Thanksgiving // Blogtober Day #8

Hey everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Or well Canadian Thanksgiving. For all my American friends or friends from other countries Thanksgiving is celebrated in October. Why? I have no clue. Regardless we ate our turkey today and shared what we were thankful for.

I just wanted to come on here and talk a bit about being thankful and what I am thankful for. If you are unaware a couple of weeks ago something tragic happened here in Quebec. There was tornado that hit the west side of my province devastating many communities. There are towns that aren’t there anymore. I have never in my life thought that a tornado would touch down close to me. I have family in that area and it terrified me. I always thought that tornados were for people who lived in the desert or farming states of the United States. This event made me start to think about somethings and put my own life in perspective.

I have always been a very sympathetic and empathetic person. I am devastated for any natural disaster or disaster in general that happens in the world. I hate seeing people suffer and I especially hate seeing people not caring about those who are suffering. Though when it’s close to home for some reason it rings a bit truer that it can be you and you will never expect it.

I have since spent time with my family and realized what is important to me. I have taken the time to be grateful for everything I have. I am thankful for the opportunities I have in life. It also made me realize that I need to live my life for me and not be a slave to others. That is why I have started putting in place actions that will bring me happiness even if it comes off as selfish. I have one life to live and I will be doing what makes me happy.

Thanksgiving though a very controversial holiday does always leave me reflecting on my life. There is so much that we take for granted in our everyday lives and sometimes you need a moment to say thanks. There is always someone doing worse and there is always doing something better, but your pain and hardships are still valid. I feel like that is one of the most important lessons I have learned in my adult life. You have to stop comparing yourself to others and be thankful for what you have and work on what you don’t.

This thanksgiving I will be spending quality time with the people that mean the world to me, my family and close friends. I will be revaluating the things that don’t make my life the way I want it to be. Letting go of people that do not bring me joy. I will stop doing things that make me miserable and I will find a way to bring happiness to my life every day.

I hope my fellow Canadians had an amazing Thanksgiving. For my friends in other places I hope you can bring these thoughts with you into your Thanksgiving meals and reflect on your own life. What are you guys thankful for?

 

 

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My Seasonal Depression Tips // Blogtober Day #7

Hey everyone!

I’ve mentioned this a couple of times, but I thought I would dedicate a whole post about this. The colder weather is coming and so is my seasonal depression. I have suffered with depression on and off for a few years now. I know when winter comes along it really starts to manifest in my life. I have a post talking about season depression if you’d like to read it. This post is about preventing things like season depression, anxiety and all around having good mental health this fall.

I know a lot about mental health and now to take care of it. Like everyone though, I am a normal person and I slip up sometimes. Sometimes I feel myself not feeling too great and then I realize that there are things that I can do to prevent feeling yucky. Here are some of my tips on how to stay feeling happy through the fall and winter seasons.

  1. Cut out unhealthy things

I don’t mean unhealthy foods per say but every now and again take a second to look around and reflect on the things that are making you unhappy. Whether it be a friend, your job, school whatever it is, pin it down. If you can’t pin it down maybe, it’s time to get external help and talk to a professional. If you can pin it down cut it out. I know that can be scary or difficult but it’s worth it. If it’s a friend, you will find other friends. If it’s your job, apply to other jobs. Make sure that you are setting yourself up for success and get rid of the things that are dragging you down.

  1. Self-care

Take time for self-care. Self-care doesn’t have to be bubble baths and painting your nails if that’s not your thing. Take time to shower, brush your teeth, make sure you are clean, this helps a lot with self-esteem. Self-care is also doing your favourite hobby, eating your favourite food, watching your favourite movie. It is whatever makes you feel happy inside. Do things that bring you job even if it seems selfish. Self-care is also learning to say no to things that you don’t want to do and yes to the things you do. Self-care is all about taking care of yourself and doing things for you.

  1. See professional help

This is a very scary one for most people. Seeking help is like admitting there is something wrong or that you are not strong enough to do it by yourself. I am here to tell you that that isn’t true. Seeking help does not mean there is something wrong with you. Just talking to a therapist can help so much. There are a lot of people that have a therapist or see professionals for other things just to have someone to talk to. You don’t tell people that see a doctor a failure because they couldn’t fix themselves. So, don’t say that about yourself.

  1. See the good in things

Every day I try to take a moment and write down what I am grateful for. I also write down the things that I am unhappy about. I just let myself write and see what it brings me. Sometimes it can be hurtful to see the things I have to say, yet it’s therapeutic. I feel good. I also love to take time to force myself to find something in my day that made me happy. It is impossible that nothing in your day made you happy. There is always something to be grateful for or happy about. Some people call this gratitude writing I just call it journaling. It really is nice, and I suggest everyone to try it.

These are some of my favourite tips for the upcoming months. Putting yourself first and thinking about yourself is not selfish. It’s important to put yourself first sometimes.

The life-changing magic of not giving a fuck is a really incredible book and suggest everyone who is struggling to read it. It talks about letting go of the things that make you unhappy and putting yourself first. Stop caring about what others think and just be you. You can get it here!

Are there any other tips you guys have for dealing with your mental health during the colder months? Do you guys struggle with your mental health? I would love to hear from you guys.

I will see you tomorrow.

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