If there is one thing I’ve learned, it’s that I shouldn’t write mission statements or apologies or anything when I inevitably try to revive my blog. I’ve got almost 20 years of broken promises cluttering up my website.
I am aware that I am 44 words into my first blog post in just over six months and I am already drowning in self-loathing. It’s a thing that I do.
The thing is, this week is LIS Mental Health Week, and that is what inspired me to pick up the blog up again. I am working on managing my anxiety, so I would like to share a checklist that I devised to help me out.
- Determine and prioritize goals
- Block out time in a calendar to work on tasks
- Make a daily mood check to assess how I am feeling
- Write a daily diary entries or other forms of writing (blog posts, poems, etc.)
- Do something enjoyable
- Beware of the drink when stressed or depressed
- No devices at bedtime
- Deep breathing when struggling to fall asleep
- Doodle more
- Separate what you can control from what you cannot control
It’s not perfect and I am not perfect at sticking to it. (Boy, do I ignore that “no devices at bedtime” suggestion.) But frequently re-reading the list has been helping me get through my daily grind.
I have also taken to heart something I read by Tammi Kollinger on the Bullet Journal blog: “Humans are messy and make mistakes.” In my mind, it is a corollary of the Cult of Done Manifesto. I should tape it to the wall and re-read it every time my creative destruction tendencies creep up again.