My New Year’s Resolutions

Happy 2017, Lost Kids! I sincerely hope that this year is better than the last for you all. Even if you had the best year of your life in 2016, let’s make 2017 even better! I may be a few days late posting this, but what a better way to start a brand new year than with New Year’s Resolutions?!

The first resolution I have is to reply faster to messages, emails, texts and so on. I’m honestly just so bad at replying to anything and everything that I usually miss out on key pieces of information. But this year, I’ll stop procrastinating and get to replying to messages as soon as I can.

Secondly, I want to challenge my mental illness. I want to do things that end the stigma surrounding Bipolar and Cyclothymia. Obviously it won’t end the stigma all together, but if I can make a difference in my community, friendship circle or family then that’s still a huge achievement. I’ve applied to have a supervisor job at work and honestly, I’m terrified. But that’s just because I’m thinking of all the stigma surrounding my mental health issues, not about what I’m capable of. Even if I don’t manage to get the job, it’s still a huge step to even be considered for that role with the issues I suffer with on a day-to-day basis.

Having said that, I also want to come out of my head more. What I mean by that is, I want to stop thinking and start doing. If I overthink things I end up not going through with my original plans. I really need to do this, not just for the personal gain it’ll grant me, but also it’ll help me take opportunities either through my current job, or via the media.

I would love to do more to raise awareness of Mental Health Issues. I want to be more active in raising awareness, breaking the stigma and helping others that need it. Either by posting articles online, talking about it on local radio shows, or just becoming more active on social media about Mental Health. We keep losing great, talented and beautiful people due to mental health and the fear they have with admitting they need help and the judgement they may receive. It’s time for that to end. 2017 is the year for that to end.

To practice mindfulness more often and getting into a routine again. Mindfulness was first introduced to me by my mum who suggested I research Ruby Wax’s books and her experience with mental health and mindfulness. I used to practice mindfulness before being put on my antidepressants – and since then, my ‘mental muscle’ hasn’t really been put to use. This year, I’m hoping to get back into this calming and peaceful routine and hopefully it’ll ensure easier days and happier thoughts.

And finally, to accept myself and show myself the love and compassion I deserve. Not only will this give me the confidence I need to achieve other goals I will be setting myself throughout this year, but it will help me finally realise, I am pretty much a punk rock princess and I deserve love, compassion and respect from myself. I also believe this will help me bring down any walls I have put up due to my lack of self-confidence and self-esteem from previous incidents in my past.

So those are my New Year’s Resolutions! I’ve also decided that I’ll be basing this year around the word ‘Positivity’. By putting positive vibes out into the world, I truly believe that some good will come out of it. Last year, so many negative things happened, the negativity was so strong people almost lost hope. But not this year. This year will be positive and full of good and pure vibes. Let me know down below what your New Year’
s Resolutions are and if you base your year on a word! And until next time, have yourself an awfully big adventure!lily


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