My Week in a Word – Gathering

Gathering Friends and Family for fun and frolics

Gathering The Motivation?

This week has been non-stop. You know those weeks where all you want to do after work is curl up on the sofa in your pj’s and binge watch Netflix but can’t because you have to socialise? Yeah, that’s me this week! I think this is the suppressed introvert in me trying to break out.

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It’s weird though, because even though I want to slob out every evening and all weekend, once I’m out with my friends and family I can’t think of anything else I would rather be doing. This is why I think it is so important to push myself sometimes. To do things even when I don’t feel like it. Otherwise I would be a hobo on a sofa for the rest of my days. Honestly that actually sounds quite depressing.

Gathering The People

With a weekend of work parties, voluntary work, birthday parties and family gatherings, I am shattered! But it is important to remember how good all this is for my mental wellbeing and how much better I feel for it.

Pushing yourself to do things when you don’t want to is a key part of mental health and wellbeing. It is something that is taught during Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, normally because when we feel low in mood it is exactly what we stop doing. We pull back from the world and regress to our bedrooms or sofas. We sit waiting for the joy and fun to find us. Much like most things in the world, you can’t get something for nothing.

Gathering Momentum

In my July Goals I talked about spending more time with my friends, and this is exactly what I mean. Sometimes the idea of putting decent clothes on and leaving the house can feel like you’re being asked to climb Everest. Trust me though when I say you will feel better for it and it is important to remind ourselves of this when we have our phone in our hand ready to send that cancellation message.

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