What do you do when you don’t feel quite like yourself?

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When it comes to the seasons, you are either a summer person, or a winter type of gal. I am the first to put up my hand to say that winter is a bit of a struggle for me. I loathe the cold, the short days, the drizzling rain, along with the freezing mornings, well it makes it hard for me to sling my weary ass out of bed, let alone try and coax two sleepy, snuggled up teenagers to do the same.

But it is unavoidable. When the leaves start to change colours and fall from the trees, I know that it is time to make sure I have the tools in my belt to tackle the inevitable. For me, the winter blues is a real thing. I need my daily dose of vitamin D, much like my daily coffee. And when Mother Nature takes that away from me, I can get a little glum.

Speaking to the WoogsWorld community and my mates, I know that I am not the only one that can go through periods of not quite feeling myself. And when I don’t quite feel myself, I tend to do the absolute worst thing that I can do.

I isolate myself. I opt to stay in rather than go out. Things that should be joyful become cloaked in negativity. And it is not good my friends.

I am always banging on about the fact that in a time where we have never been so connected, thanks to technology, there is an underlying feeling that we are more alone than ever.

Take social media, for example. Scroll through images on Instagram, where beautiful people living beautiful lives can often make you look at yours and question why your cushions are not as perfectly curated, as they should be. And your dog is not as photogenic as you would have hoped. (No Isobel, you are not getting doggy braces!) There is no need for the hash tags #lifegoals #smashingit.

The smart side of my brain (hello, I know you are in there…) knows that in the background of these images, there is a pile of washing on the couch, unpaid overdue bills stuck to the fridge and quite possibly a sink full of stinky, greasy dishes in the kitchen.

But the popularity of these “content creators” means that people are aspiring to things that are quite often, out of the realms of reality.

This can make you start to think that you are not doing this grown up thing to the best of your capabilities. And considering I have tripped around the sun 45 times by now, you think I would have this adulating thing all sorted out.

My problem is that I think too much. I wish I could be one of those completely chilled out Mums who go with the flow. I wish I could automatically “look for the helpers” when I watch news coverage of horrible tragedies. I am too sensitive, too reflective and read far too many self help books than I think is acceptable!

That is me. That is my makeup. That is how I am wired. When someone hurts me, I bleed big time.

BUT

I also know when I am flailing and I know when I am not feeling myself. I also know that there are resources and hacks that I can call on to pull me out of my funk.

I have been fortunate to work with Bupa over the past few years, and am delighted that they are focusing on Mental Health moving forward. When they asked if I could share useful resources, I didn’t hesitate to say yes. Because if it can help even one of you, then it is a job well done.

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What do you do when you don’t feel quite like yourself?