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Saturday, 24 December 2016

My 2017 Goals

TW: Eating disorders, depression

So I've already posted about the things 2016 has taught me, but I thought it might be nice to also outline my goals for the next year. Over the course of this year, I've really learned a lot about my interests and the direction I might like to take with my future, so I'm excited to set myself some fresh goals that I can focus on achieving in 2017.

1) Blog, blog, blog!

I started this blog in July of this year in order to share my experience with mental illness, and I can honestly say that I'm so glad I did. I also set up my Twitter account in conjunction with my blog - both of which have enabled me to talk to so many awesome people who are battling their own illness. It has really opened my eyes not only to how common mental illness is, but also how it doesn't have to define you. Therefore, in 2017, I would like to continue blogging, reading others' blogs, talking to people on Twitter and speaking about mental health (and maybe even meet some other bloggers in person!). Hopefully, I can improve my blog and my writing to make it bigger and better!

2) Volunteer.

Volunteering is a really great way to gain skills and give something back. I feel I'm in a place now where I'm well enough to help out mental health charities by volunteering for them - whether that be by blogging, working on some kind of helpline or even volunteering in a charity shop such as Mind. I know they are keen for people to volunteer in their shops and even just one hour a week can make a difference. So, when I go back to university after Christmas, I'm will look into volunteering for my local Mind shop.

3) Work hard at my degree.

With everything else going on, I sometimes forget that I am actually at university to get a degree. Specifically, a degree in Psychology. Often people mistakenly assume that university only involves going out on the town and getting drunk, but there is actually a lot of work to do (if you want to do well in your degree). That's why I aim to put a lot of effort into my first year of university and (hopefully) come out the other side with half decent grades.

4) Focus on my health.

Something I've neglected far too much over the last year or two. It's time I looked after my physical health a little better, and that means taking control of my eating disorder. I'm fed up of restricting and putting my body through so much stress constantly. I deserve to treat my body better than that and give it what it needs, which is enough food!

Even though mentally I've been doing a bit better in 2016 (despite some ups and downs), physically I've been rather unwell. Around May time, my body was starting to feel the effects of months of restricting (something which I may go into detail about in a different post). Since then, I've managed to mostly maintain but I'm still underweight and feeling constantly drained of energy (which takes its toll on my mood). Therefore, in 2017, I will get my weight back up to healthy and hopefully start to feel a bit better!

And finally...

5) Appreciate things.

I'm by no means saying that I don't already appreciate the things in my life, but in 2017 I want to make a concerted effort to show gratitude for what I've got. It's so easy to fall into a mind set where the negatives cloud over the positives, to the point where you can't even see any positives anymore. So, in order to help prevent me from entering that deep, dark void again, I will constantly remind myself of the good things - my family, my friends, the opportunities that have been given to me and I should therefore take advantage of. I know that there is so much more to depression than your situation in life. Depression doesn't always seem to have a cause and just because things are good in your life, doesn't mean you're immune from developing depression - but that also doesn't mean we can't be grateful for the good.

I'd love to hear some of your 2017 goals.

Thanks for reading.

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