Choose Happiness.

I have refrained from writing about mental illness in the past.  Mostly, because I’m in the midst of it. I’m embarrassed to be hindered by depression so heavily, when I have everything in the world to be thankful for.

Daily, I work toward eliminating self-hate and accepting myself, all imperfections included. In doing so, I want to be able to spread positivity onto others. Struggling with mental health issues has taught me a lot about myself, and a lot about the world. I get stuck in a “what’s wrong with me?” state of thinking because I know I am loved by my family and close friends. Even though there are hard days, I’m appreciative of my struggles if it makes me a more empathetic human.

I think someday I’ll write more, but for now, I’m keeping it short and sweet.

Here are my favorite ways to get out of a slump:

  1. Reading – I sometimes neglect one of my favorite pastimes because I feel like I should be doing other, more “productive” things, but it’s important I make time for something I love so much.
  2. Lists – As a creative, it’s hard to be task-oriented all the time, but that’s how I get work DONE. So I make to-do lists. Every day. Crossing each item off is completely rewarding. And, I’m able to complete my client’s work in a speedy fashion, which makes everyone happy.
  3. Candles & Music – It’s such a simple practice, but lighting candles feels like therapy to me. Especially if I throw some good tunes into the mix.
  4. Yoga – Channeling inner peace and physical health makes for overall wellness.
  5. Elimination – Sometimes, less feels so much better, even though I’m used to working multiple jobs, having two sets of plans / day, and cramming my life with “things”, I’ve learned I’m much happier with genuine friends, less materialistic goods, and more time for the experiences that really matter.
  6. Photography – My passion is my job, luckily. I’m constantly meeting new people, which I love. I prepare for each shoot using a creative practice, and it helps me to feel most capable and confident in my work.
  7. Writing – My other passion. I have been in a bit of a block, but once I start I can’t stop. It gives me a clearer sense of being.
  8. Forgiveness – It’s hard to forgive people, but I’m trying, and most recently I’m learning to forgive myself.
  9. Healthfulness – What I put into my body directly affects my thoughts and behavior.
  10. Everett – My favorite, and most effective. He is my whole world. His smiles are everything to me, and I treasure our days together more than I could ever explain.
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Kelly Jo Johnson | Forever Golden Living

wife & mama. blog author. photographer. style obsessed. for booking & collaborations 📧: kellyjophoto@gmail.com

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