I’m sorry for being MIA for the last couple of weeks. I have been needing a break from my blog and making content due to some mental setbacks. With having a new job and making adjustments to a new area, it’s been a rough couple of weeks for me. I wasn’t sleeping. My anxiety and depression came back for a few days. I just simply wasn’t myself.
I’ve been trying to get used to working long hours again. My schedule has been very inconsistent which has triggered some of my anxiety. I’m used to consistency, working 5 days on and having 2 days off. Not work one day, take a day off, then work three more. I work days and evenings. It’s been very tiring as I have been doing my best to have the energy to do things outside of work.
I did get to go to West Virginia for a couple of days to see family and check on the house. To say I was so happy to be home was far from my emotions. In fact, I was still depressed, stressed, and worried. I worried about my house. I worried about the little amount of time I had in West Virginia. I was stressing over things that were beyond my control. I simply knew I was feeling anxious and depressed.
So what have I been doing within the last couple of weeks while dealing with these episodes?
I’ve simply been taking it one day at a time. I’ve been facing my problems head on and diving deep into the roots of my issues. Simply talking about it has been quite helpful. I’m able to get a different light on what’s sparking my anxiety and how to handle it.
I’ve also been taking the initiative to do some research on anxiety and some small techniques to try if my anxiety comes back. I’ve been making the effort to get a better night’s sleep by using my weighted blanket, staying hydrated, and reading before bed. I’ve also been researching foods that can trigger anxiety and depression. I’m looking forward to cutting back on the things that can trigger them.
Adjusting to this new life has been challenging, but I refuse to go back to my old one. If I don’t continue this adventure, how am I going to grow? How am I supposed to live life if I don’t get out of my comfort zone? These questions have been on my mind lately.
Life is hard, but it can be interesting. I’ve been doing my best to make myself at home in North Carolina. I’ve been getting to know my coworkers a little more. I’ve been interacting with the public. I’ve been staying motivated by listening to podcasts, reflecting on my days at work and how to be better, talking to my family, and making clean spaces in our apartment.
All these things have helped me in the last few days. I know these things aren’t always going to help, but any motivation and technique that helps me get through the day is better than not trying at all. As time goes on, I am looking forward to continuing to share my adventure with you. This blog is not dead just yet. There is more to explore.