The secret of life: the little mental health turtles, all the way down

Guys, guys! I’ve discovered the secret of life!

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When you look after the Little Things

The Little Things stack up to carry your Mental Health & Physical Health

Your Health stacks up to carry the Big Things

My Turtles That Stacked Up To Raise My World

I was low, recently. I suddenly couldn’t face the Big Things.

I knew I had do something differently. I was coasting on empty air, and I tripped and fell right down, down, down.

So instead of focusing on (and beating myself up about) all the Big Things I ‘should’ be doing… I decided to apply a bit of minimalism. In the same vein as ‘digital minimalism‘, I said no to everything except a form of ‘mental health minimalism’.

I just tracked and looked after these Little Things, with the aim of a minimum habit streak.

And without even noticing, they turned into slightly bigger things.

  • food (I’m loving tracking my calories on Lose It!)
  • cooking a new, delicious dish – Faux Pho
  • sleep & a nice bedtime routine to review the day & wind down
  • the best sleep for weeks, and waking up happy
  • getting my trainers on the pavement (walk)
  • running for the first time in a month
  • stretching every day (almost)
  • my problematic shoulder is a little better
  • sending a considered message to someone I care about every day
  • shared laughs, inspiration & great social invites
  • writing 200 words every day (so low it’s silly, and trips me into more)
  • about 600 words every day, for a potential book. And randomly wrote things quickly, like this post, rather than languishing in my ‘ideas’ notebook forever.
  • tidying / cleaning for 10 mins a day
  • de-cluttered bags of stuff, living space is the best it’s ever been
  • being present, doing one thing at a time, and pacing out one goal a day
  • feel everything is manageable, applying for & thinking about the Big Things and feeling slightly less overwhelmed

It’s basically like turtles, all the way down.

Because now, I feel that if I trip over Big Things and fall again, there’s a load of turtles ready to catch me. And in the meantime, I keep stacking up those turtles.

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