Happy New Year, readers!
Okay, hands up, I’ve always been that person that buys into the “New Year, new me” fad. I start the year full of hope and promise with lists and goals galore, but, by Easter, I’m caught up in one thing or another realising I have strayed far from the resolutions I’d made back in January. And, after all that, I tend to give up.
This year isn’t much different because I have goals I want to achieve and a list down to my knees, but this time I’m not putting too much pressure on them as I want to focus on my recovery. Many of you know that over the better half of 2017 I really struggled with my mental health and not a great deal has changed. Christmas and bringing in the new year were especially difficult with all the scheduled gatherings and expected fun to be had. I’m still having difficulty with coping and finding access to the appropriate care (which seems to be harder up here than in down in Bournemouth); I’ve been discharged twice from the local crisis team without a proper assessment or treatment and without acknowledgement of my suicidal thoughts. Unfortunately, through it all I have relapsed and am back to square one with my recovery. Overall, despite some soaring highs, 2017 royally sucked.
I’m hoping the year to come holds much more optimism and a chance for change. I’m trying to take charge of my health and am asking for people to be patient with me as I navigate this terrain anew. Personally, I’m starting the year as a vegan with a vested interest in learning to embrace the lifestyle and I wish to jump back into learning a language. 2018 definitely holds change for this blog as I’m putting it under construction. There will be changes to its layout and design as well as new things to be introduced to the blog’s content. I want to put a huge emphasis on talking about mental health, promoting good mental health and removing the stigma of getting help when you need. I have big plans for guest bloggers too- so keep them peeled for more!
I hope you join me in exploring the possibilities that 2018 brings and you al have a wonderful new year! x