Through my time living alone and being hard on myself, I’ve tried to become a better version of myself and not just waste away alone in my apartment—although I will admit it’s tempting.

Here’s what’s been working to make me a more positive human: 

  • Going down on my meds and drinking less during the week (unless it’s F.R.I.E.N.D.S. trivia because, hello, i’m still human – also, a glass of wine is healthy, I’ve been told?): No more “reward” drinks or “it’s been a long day” drinks
  • Drinking more water 
  • Setting a rule for myself  to not jump into bed right when I get home, which has led to me at least being present in my day longer, not taking weird naps, and having solid sleep at night
  • Focusing on me, not other people: I’ve been pretty good at this over the years, but moving into a new apartment had me all out of whack and thinking everyone in my building was friends with each other and I was this weird outcast. That’s just not true at all (I hope)

I’m a very slow mover when it comes to making changes and I’m not going to say there’s a huge difference and I’m a changed woman or whatever. But with the decrease in my meds and trading (some) junk food for more vegetables and water, I do feel more energized. I mean, yesterday I had Chinese for lunch but today is a sandwich and carrots. And a month ago I would’ve just gone to Raising Cane’s or something. Anyway.

Benefits I’ve noticed:

  • More energy
  • Clearer skin
  • More positive (that could be because I moved out of my dirty, depressing college house)

Hopeful habits I’d like to start in an ideal world that would be great for people to start and I encourage you to but it’d be hypocritical of me to say you should and then not do it myself:

  • Spending less money eating out/more meal prepping
  • Hitting up the gym, like, twice a week
  • Reading more instead of getting home and turning on the TV and somehow watching it and getting nothing done and then it’s 2 AM and I’m tired and nowhere closer to where I want to be
  • Writing every day (non-work related writing, such as novels)

So there you have it: What I’m doing for myself this month. Clearly I’m not perfect but if you ever need someone to talk to about stuff, send me an email at lindsey.b.bakken@gmail.com. You’re not alone out there. 

How do you stay positive?

 

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