I’m trying something incredibly counterintuitive right now.
I am suffering in a lot of areas in my life, I am hugely stressed and growing in apathy for almost everything and I am finding it hard to get the get up and go.
I am losing my fight.
So, usually, when under so much tension and uncertainty and sickness, people tell me to rest, take it easy, don’t overthink things, don’t do this and don’t do that and most certainly don’t start anything new – you need to calm down and rest up.
It would be natural to think I am crazy because I am going to do the opposite.
It’s based on an idea by Mel Robbins called “Bluewater”.
She took a glass of water and filled it to the brim and put dirt in the cup, lots of dirt and she mixed it up to show how a person looks when they’re feeling overloaded and stressed out.
She then explained how people then try to deal with each individual problem they have at a time, to try and lessen the load, she did this by demonstrating how people try to spoon out the dirt little by little and over a time, their cup gets emptier and emptier and this emptiness is representing the persons emotional health.
Over a time, as you’re spooning out the dirt, you are becoming more and more emotionally depleted and burned out and the idea of doing anything becomes so exhausting you just can’t bear to do anything anymore and you lose yourself and you feel that you might never be happy again.
A dangerous situation for anyone!
She said the simplest thing to do at a time like this is to make yourself do something for yourself, something that you think you’d enjoy or if your apathy is so bad, go back to something you once enjoyed – force yourself to have some time in the week to yourself to do it and gradually ease more and more things that you like into your life – make the time to do some self-care and find yourself again!
So she showed what happens when you start adding more water into the dirty cup, it eventually cleans up, not entirely, there will always be a little bit of dirt, but as you add more and more back into your life that you enjoy, that makes you feel like you have some kind of purpose or soul again, your cup is going to get cleaner and cleaner and you will stop feeling so depleted in yourself and you will be stronger and healthier in the long run for it.
I’m trying to force myself right now into going into autopilot and doing some of the things I used to enjoy from the past, whether I am tired or not, whether I feel like it or not, whether I am currently enjoying it or not and no matter how bad the physical pains are in my body – I must do them.
Because, maybe that’s what I am missing right now?
I’ve been encouraged to take it easy, stop and relax so much over the years that I have come to a virtual stop and any notion of doing anything makes me have this kind of feeling of MEH!
I’ve allowed peoples advice to make me lazy and I don’t like it!
I actually started about a couple of weeks ago.
I started to force myself to read 30 pages of a book again per day, like I used to a year back.
I am forcing myself to write anything, no matter what it is, whether it intends to be published or not.
I am forcing myself to do some kind of exercise again.
I am practising art at least once every couple of days.
I am forcing myself to take an interest in thinking about my future again and start planning things and maybe even start thinking about chasing dreams again, because around four years ago I gave them up.
So I am thinking about creating an inspiration or dream board again, I used to be a big fan of those but got out of the habit of it because Paul started pinning his things onto MY board! He wouldn’t get his own.
I completely forsook any dream because I was convinced I was about to die at any moment!
Along with this I have been trying to remember to do the “High five habit” Mel Robbins also spoke about, but I need more practise with that and I am also trying to remember to count down from five when I am about to go back into a negative habit.
My memory has issues because I have been on survival mode and doing practically nothing with my life for the last eight years, because I have been recovering from bed bound sickness.
I have also had a scare recently.
I know as I am getting older, certain health problems, particularly mental health problems are getting much worse.
I came across a video online purely by accident, I wasn’t looking for anything in particular when I came across a video titled “loneliness is dangerous for your physical health”.
I knew it was dangerous for mental health, but not physical health.
It turns out people who have been isolated or lonely most of their lives have a hugely high risk of developing auto-immunity issues as well as memory loss. Now that woke me up, because my memory is unreliable and scary at times and I have four different types of auto-immune disease.
Much of the abuse and neglect I had as a child was due to isolation, my mum refusing for me to socialise outside of tight family and friendship circles, even home educating me most of the time!
So I never really had a healthy social life that lasted, it always came in dribs and drabs.
Knowing this and knowing that people who have lived in isolation a lot are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s or dementia before they are 60yrs old, worried me a lot!
They did say though that reversing this can be very quickly done actually and socialising for at least 30 minutes week outside of your home regularly or more can put you back on the right track in not getting that type of dementia, as it’s a specific type apparently.
So there is a lot going on in my life and according to the Bluewater technique there really should be a lot more going on too.
But right now, I am trying to concentrate on solving a mystery in my life and getting my passion for writing back. Because I haven’t felt passionate about anything for a long time!
Tell a white lie, I have, but then I quickly felt, what’s the point someone will ruin it…
So, yeah, that’s what’s up lately!
Thanks for reading!