Out of My Comfort Zone

What do you do when you’re feeling anxious and depressed? Perhaps it’s not a problem for you. Perhaps you meditate or exercise or take a bath or just breathe. Me? I tend to curl up on the sofa with Netflix and maybe a glass of wine. But all that does is take my mind off things for a while. The stressful routine of a carers’ life does not work well for someone like me who thrives on variety and new challenges.

And while I can’t easily change my current circumstances, I can make little changes to my daily routine, and this week I managed several big ones!

Smallest first….

I cut my own fringe. I’m always afraid of making a complete mess of it, but no one has noticed so I think it will do until I manage to book an appointment with the hairdresser.

Meeting new people for world mental health day. Always scary. Will I make a complete eejit of myself due to nerves? Will I trip or spill my coffee? In fact I enjoyed myself and it was great to have a brief chat with others who are dealing with crises similar to the one in my own family.

Finally, I went wall climbing at the nearby Awesome Walls with my fabulous running group (on a day off). I must have the climbing gene, as when I was a small girl I climbed trees and rocks with no safety harness and often on my own. Not usually a problem apart from the day I fell into a hollow tree…  And some of my friends will recall that even last summer I seized the opportunity to climb a tree when no one else would. Awesome Walls looked absolutely awesome. And it was. I don’t think it will become another hobby because it’s quite time consuming and lacks variety, but as an occasional treat, bring it on!

Awesome Walls collage October 2018

So those are my three challenging reasons to be cheerful for this week. Check out more at Lakes Single Mum.

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7 thoughts on “Out of My Comfort Zone

  1. I cut my own fringe and usually mess it up so that I have to wait a couple of months to go to the hairdresser. I’m too embarrassed to go until it’s grown out and he can’t see it. However, you will never find me on a climbing wall. I’m the original wimp and have been since childhood – I never climbed trees or anything more than 2 metres off the ground.

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    1. I made sure to only trim the fringe as I’m hoping to be in a situation soon to go out to the hairdressers and enjoy the full experience 🙂

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  2. Great work, especially the climbing you look so relaxed!I’ve been making a complete pigs ear of self care, and it does effect how I feel-so this was a timely reminder.Not sure that I’ll manage the climbing wall though!

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