I had an important conversation with a friend a few weeks ago about mental health and self care. They told me to stop comparing myself to who I was last year or times in the past when I felt I could do more than I can now. (I’ve wrote about changing often before and have clearly not been taking my own advice!) But sometimes it takes others to tell us what we need to hear. I was so grateful for that conversation and have tried to make changes in my life.
I’ve come to the end of this semester at uni and learnt a lot about myself. We must constantly listen to our bodies and stop to take notice of what we’re doing. I honestly find it frustrating that I’m seemingly not able to do as much as I used to. But every person has their own limits. There’s no point comparing ourselves to others, as this only adds to the frustration and hurt.
What we can do is accept reality as it is; who we are now and what we’re doing. And then, adjust accordingly if want to start making small improvements, day-by-day, in different areas of our lives.
It’s no quick fix, but nothing that works in the long run ever is. When was the last time you took stock of how much you’re doing?