When I catastrophise it makes me ignore any good I have done, any progress I have made and just focus on the negatives. Focus really hard and really clearly on what didn't go right, what I could have done better and what wasn't perfect.
This is the power the mind has. Today was actually, logically and really a good day but my mind has decided otherwise and what my mind decides then my emotions, actions and body dutifully follow.
Hence I just sat in a meeting room at work and had a bit of a cry.
I obviously dried my eyes before I came out of the room, because there's still a stigma, there's still shame, there's still fear.
I don't really have a positive message to end on this one, i've recognised i'm catastrophising so I just need to get past it.
A friend told me about an idea for a New Years resolution based on a word. She chose health. I like the idea because there are loads of things you can then do which will contribute towards it. Whether it’s getting fit, going to the dentist or giving your mind a break. It will all help with health.
I’ve decided that my word will be sleep. This has been prompted by starting to read an amazing book recommended by a friend called why we sleep, by Matthew Walker. That’s the books name, and the authors name. You should read it.
Anyway I digress, and hope I haven't sent you to sleep already.
According to Professor Walker we sleep for between 25 - 35 years of our life but focus disproportionally on how to improve ourselves in the time we are awake.
We don’t understand or make sure that we take care of ourselves for a third of our day. For a third of our lives.
A balanced diet and exercise are really important. But sleep is the third spoke in the wheel. We likely concentrate more on diet and exercise, but eat poorly or don’t exercise for a day and you’ll be generally ok. Get a bad nights sleep and you’re knackered, literally and literally. And this not only affects your physical condition but also your mental.
That's all I have to say today.
Sleep is important, more important than you probably realise.
I'm off for a nap now
Mr Paul Wyse