Last week Nicole wrote a post about her Monday-Friday, and I really enjoyed getting to see a snippet of her life.
I thought it would be a nice idea to do my own version as it seems like a good way to get to know people!
I actually made myself get up early and go to the gym which is the first time I’ve been since I became unwell again a few weeks back. It was really quiet which made dragging myself there a bit easier. I did a 20 minute run and 20 minutes of abs and headed of to work. It was an admin day for me and I ended up staying a couple of hours later to help cover staffing. I had to leave halfway through the day to go to an appointment with my community mental health team. It was my first meeting with my new care co-ordinator; she was lovely. I sometimes feel like I’m wasting people’s time because I usually just brush myself off and get on with things, but I’m realising more and more that it’s okay to say when I’m not okay and to accept and make the most of the support I’m given. We’re going to meet fortnightly for the foreseeable future.
I woke up to the possibility of an exciting new writing project which was a great start to the day, and I ended up having a good and very productive day at work. I skipped the gym, my body said no and I chose to listen to it. I had a relaxing evening by having a nice bath, doing some writing and watching the Bake Off semi final. Today when I was driving home the sky was beautiful and I took a leaf out of Nicole’s book and made sure I stopped to appreciate it.
Today I got up early for the gym again and started the new series of ‘The Good Place’ while I was on the treadmill! When I’m struggling with motivation to exercise, sometimes music isn’t enough to keep me going, so I need to be able to concentrate on something else at the same time. I had another super productive day at work, I totally blitzed our office and it was so nice to have the time to do it. I watched The Apprentice when I got in and had a couple of glasses of wine as a treat.
I woke up early so started work a bit early – I was completely on my own as everyone else was on a day off so it was a bit lonely! I felt a little bit flat, I think I was probably just a bit tired, but it made me feel relieved that I have a care coordinator now who I can talk to about these kind of days. It’s okay to have days that aren’t so great, and this was one of mine.
I gave a presentation with a colleague in the morning to a group of paediatric nurses about how to care for young people who present in the hospital with a mental health need. I feel like it went quite well and I really hope it was helpful! Teaching is one of my favourite parts of my job and something I hope to be able to use more of in the future. However, some of the attitudes towards mental health still leave a lot to be desired – attitudes are changing, but not fast enough. I died my roots when I got home (essential maintenance for those with colourful hair) and my boyfriend took some time owing from work so we had an evening in watching Making A Murderer and drinking wine.
Saturday was my only day off so I tried to make the most of it by relaxing. Me and my boyfriend went to our local pick-your-own farm and chose our own pumpkins to carve for Halloween – it was absolutely freezing but made me feel excited for the festive season coming up! When I got home, I finally took the plunge and booked my next solo backpacking trip to the Philippines in May – I worked there for a month a couple of years ago and fell in love with it. I’m very nervous and excited! I spent the afternoon preparing Etsy sales (I made 10 this week!), and then I drove up to my dad’s for dinner. He lives around two hours from me so I didn’t end up getting home until quite late, but it was the night the clocks changed so I didn’t mind.
I did some overtime today and for some reason I set my alarm wrong – thankfully I woke up naturally about half an hour after it should have gone off but I’ve never moved so fast to get ready! It threw me out a bit for the rest of the morning though. I started reading a new book: ‘Uncommon Type’ by Tom Hanks, which is a book of lots of short stories. I read 4 of them I think and I quite enjoyed it! I’ve never really thought of reading short stories before but it’s a great way to be able to pick up and put down a book with days and weeks in between. When I got in a had a bath and some dinner, then watched the rest of The Good Place and some old episodes of Drag Race. I also started the very, very early stages of the book I’m hoping to write – I’ve always thought that I want to write a book and if I don’t start it soon I never will!
So, there you have a week with me. I don’t have an overly interesting life but I think it’s a nice way for people to get to know me a little more. I’d love to hear about some of your days and weeks too!