Monday, 30 November 2020

Gratitude List

 Things I'm grateful for this month:

  • McDonald's iced frappes coming back! (I mentioned last month that I was having Costa Coffee Frostinos instead, but I think my local one is currently closed due to lockdown). 
  • Going to Hove Park again after a while
  • The last of the autumn beauty 
  • Golden late autumn light
  • Hot chocolate- now that it's colder I've started making my own at home again.
  • YouTube
  • The Chic Life gratitude challenge  
  • Getting out in fresh air- we're allowed out for exercise during the 2nd lockdown

Sunday, 22 November 2020

Feeling More Positive

3 years ago I started a series on the blog called Feeling Your Emotions. It's about your feelings/ emotions, and getting in touch with them. You can read the introductory post here: https://fallingpetalsuk.blogspot.com/2017/11/feeling-your-emotions-introduction.html

Disclaimer: I'm not a doctor, so if you're having mental/physical issues please seek medical help in addition to reading this. :)

I started by covering to-called "negative" emotions- anger, sadness and depression, fear and anxiety and shame. Then I wrote a "neutral" post about the between point of "negative" and "positive" emotions before moving onto happiness. I've written two posts about happiness which you can see below:

FYE- Happiness (Part 1): https://fallingpetalsuk.blogspot.com/2020/01/feeling-your-emotions-happiness-part-1.html

FYE- Happiness (Part 2): https://fallingpetalsuk.blogspot.com/2020/03/feeling-your-emotions-happiness-part-2.html

 

This year I've also written two stand-alone posts called Feeling Lonely and Feeling Low. When I did the 3nd FYE Happiness post, I wasn't sure whether to do a 3rd post on happiness, or a separate one on positive thinking and gratitude. I decided to go with the second option. :)

Note: While I prefer not to put too much emphasis on labelling emotions as "positive" or "negative" because all emotions are natural (avoiding "toxic positivity", for the sake of this post I'm going to focus on feeling positive as in feeling better in general.

It's been a difficult year with the coronavirus pandemic and racial tension and unrest, due to the injustice of the murder of George Floyd and similar killings. Many of us have found ourselves struggling. Some of us may previously have had mental health issues and some people may have found themselves feeling more anxious or depressed than normal. Just over a year ago I wrote about going through a down time, and as someone who has anxiety and depression, this year hasn't helped with that!

So, while I don't feel really happy right now, I'm focusing on feeling more positive. :)