Is it going to buy you a meal?
A new car?
A trip around the world?
But it counts. You know £1 counts, you know that by saving up your £1(s) you can buy something bigger…or else you wouldn’t have picked it up.
I used to hate it when someone told me that to help my depression I should exercise or eat well. I wanted to scream at my doctor, “JOINING A GYM IS NOT GOING TO HELP ME!! MY DEPRESSION IS BIGGER THAN A MOUNTAIN!”
His pithy advice felt hollow and insulting.
Now I realise that the small things we do to take care of ourselves add up like money. They don’t fix everything, but they fix a little bit. They make life a cinch easier. And when I’m super depressed, I’ll take all the help I can get.
You don’t have to do them one hundred percent, either. Exercising doesn’t mean running a marathon. It can mean that, but it can also mean walking around the block. Most of the time, that’s all I can do, I get myself into the gym on the way home from work and I just relax on an exercise machine instead of my bed, and I’ve found that even a small bit of movement helps my mood a little.
We’re supposed to have…five servings of fruit and vegetables a day. I doubt I’m the only one who laughs at that number. I’m lucky to have even three servings a day. But I’m trying to add some veggies and fruit to my meal, especially my dinner (or lunch for those who speak ‘properly’).
Every day I am doing what I can to make things a little better. I take a multivitamin, I take the stairs instead of the lift, I stand in the sunshine instead of the shade, if only for a minute and I drag myself into the gym three times a week whilst I build up some sort of fitness.
Remember what I said about money. Self-care adds up! Be nicer to yourself for five minutes. Give yourself a break! Keep doing the little things and eventually they’ll turn into big things.
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