This week I think I have learned a lot about myself. I was a bit stressed about my blog at the start of this week. I knew I wanted to write something about worrying and anxiety to coincide with World Mental Health Day, but I was worried about what people would think and the reaction I might get. Cue lots of internal debate with myself, lots of quizzing my husband, and emergency discussions with two of my closest friends. But by learning to trust myself, when I look back at this week (which has flown by), it has been pretty positive.
What I’ve learned this week:
1. There is nothing like a good phone call to a friend. This week I had a really good half hour decent phone chat with one of my best friends. Like many of my friends, we text and WhatsApp regularly, but there’s nothing like really talking. It’s made me think of a couple of friends I need to ring for a proper good catch up, so I’m going to try and call them in the next week or so. My friend and I chatted about work, our family and friends, holidays, and she gave me some reassurance about my blog, why I was doing it and why I should stay true to myself. Which leads nicely to my next point…
2. Follow your gut instinct. As I’ve said, this week I was nervous about publishing my post on worry and anxiety. I didn’t want to look like a freak or have people talking about me, but it’s something close to my heart. It turns out, like my last post which I was worried about posting on my social media insecurities, it was one of my most popular posts. It’s had my highest reach on my Facebook page so far. And the night I posted it, my WordPress App buzzed to tell me my site was getting more traffic than usual. Maybe it was popular because people like to read about other people’s struggles? Hopefully it’s because it resonated with people, because it’s a common issue. Either way, it’s interesting that it is my most popular post for a while.
3. It feels great when you get a tweet to tell you you’ve made it as one of the Showcase posts in the #Sharingthebloglove linky held by the lovely Hot Pink Wellingtons and Dear Bear and Beany. If you’ve not read the post it was about why I’m finally embracing Peppa Pig. If you’re a blogger or are looking for some new blogs to read pop over to the linky to find some great posts.
4. The Hunted is not worth spending your time on. Why have I wasted two hours of my life on this? If your husband tells you this is the next big thing and will be great TV, he’s wrong.
5. And finally, doing Insanity the day after Spinning is, quite frankly, stupidly insane.
Hope you all have a restful weekend – I need to go and rest my legs!