Day 5 and 6. “You’re allowed to scream and you’re allowed to cry, but do not give up.”

Sometimes we will find ourselves on the ground feeling deflated and down. We might even feel defeated at times, but when we feel that way, then is the time to dust yourself off and get back up. It’s fine if you are down, but make sure that when you’re ready, you get back up and do not give up.

I know that during this self isolation, I’ve been feeling low and down. I’ve had plenty of wobbles, but when I’ve calmed down and composed myself, I get back up. I pull myself together and know that it’s fine to be low. It’s okay not to be okay. But when I’ve let it all out, I know that I need to cheer myself up. I need to do what makes me happy and pull on the lovely people I have around me. When you have great support, it makes it that much easier to get through it and feel better.

My first highlight of the day was when I was feeling low and not having the best day, my boyfriend held me and looked after me. It’s comforting to have the support and guidance when I’m feeling rough. It makes me put things into perspective and realise that I will be okay. That I can get through it. A lot of people are finding it tough at the moment, so it’s only natural to have a little blip now and again. One thing I will take from this situation is to be thankful for family and friends and that they will have your back.

You don’t always need makeup or perfect hair. A smile will do.

I’m going to be honest, I’ve not had the best couple of days. I’ve really struggled to juggle everything and then also be positive. I’ve not been very consistent with these posts, but I know that when I feel in the right mindset, I really enjoy doing them. I like to feel I am making a difference, even if it’s to just one person.

I thought I’d share some tips to what’s made me feel better, just in case anyone else is feeling the same and needs help:

• Watch your favourite film or TV show. This will help distract you and make you feel a bit more grounded.

• Talk to people. If you just tell the truth and confide in someone about how you are feeling. You might not think it helps, but it really does because then you aren’t bottling it up. Communication for me is key.

• If you go to bed in a mood, remember that tomorrow is a new day. I see it as a brand new opportunity to enjoy life and hopefully be in a better mindset. I try not to drag my mood or troubles through to the next day. If I go to bed, I try to draw a line over it, ready to start afresh.

Hang on in there everyone. It’ll all be okay. We’ll look back on this as a very interesting experience. I think it will teach us things, and help make effective change. I’d like to think it’s making us kinder and more considerate. I want to appreciate more of the great things going on in my life. Be grateful.

“You’re allowed to scream and you’re allowed to cry, but do not give up.”

Be kind to yourself, and accept that these are scary times. Stay safe, and take care.

Much love,

Asha

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