"1. push yourself to get up before the rest of the world - start with 7am, then 6am, then 5:30am. go to the nearest hill with a big coat and a scarf and watch the sun rise.
2. push yourself to fall asleep earlier - start with 11pm, then 10pm, then 9pm. wake up in the morning feeling re-energized and comfortable.
3. erase processed food from your diet. start with no lollies, chips, biscuits, then erase pasta, rice, cereal, then bread. use the rule that if a child couldn’t identify what was in it, you don’t eat it.
4. get into the habit of cooking yourself a beautiful breakfast. fry tomatoes and mushrooms in real butter and garlic, fry an egg, slice up a fresh avocado and squirt way too much lemon on it. sit and eat it and do nothing else.
5. stretch. start by reaching for the sky as hard as you can, then trying to touch your toes. roll your head. stretch your fingers. stretch everything.
6. buy a 1L water bottle. start with pushing yourself to drink the whole thing in a day, then try drinking it twice.
7. buy a beautiful diary and a beautiful black pen. write down everything you do, including dinner dates, appointments, assignments, coffees, what you need to do that day. no detail is too small.
8. strip your bed of your sheets and empty your underwear draw into the washing machine. put a massive scoop of scented fabric softener in there and wash. make your bed in full.
9. organise your room. fold all your clothes (and bag what you don’t want), clean your mirror, your laptop, vacuum the floor. light a beautiful candle.
10. have a luxurious shower with your favourite music playing. wash your hair, scrub your body, brush your teeth. lather your whole body in moisturiser, get familiar with the part between your toes, your inner thighs, the back of your neck.
11. push yourself to go for a walk. take your headphones, go to the beach and walk. smile at strangers walking the other way and be surprised how many smile back. bring your dog and observe the dog’s behaviour. realise you can learn from your dog.
12. message old friends with personal jokes. reminisce. suggest a catch up soon, even if you don’t follow through. push yourself to follow through.
14. think long and hard about what interests you. crime? sex? boarding school? long-forgotten romance etiquette? find a book about it and read it. there is a book about literally everything.
15. become the person you would ideally fall in love with. let cars merge into your lane when driving. pay double for parking tickets and leave a second one in the machine. stick your tongue out at babies. compliment people on their cute clothes. challenge yourself to not ridicule anyone for a whole day. then two. then a week. walk with a straight posture. look people in the eye. ask people about their story. talk to acquaintances so they become friends.
16. lie in the sunshine. daydream about the life you would lead if failure wasn’t a thing. open your eyes. take small steps to make it happen for you."
Sixteen Small Steps to Happiness (via pigmenting)
These are such wonderful suggestions!
Everyone needs a little more happiness in their lives. The happier you are, the healthier you feel.
For anyone who is taking Metformin for PCOS, if you have any input on the following it would be much appreciated!
I started Metformin towards the en of January so I’ve been on it for a solid 4 months now. Up until a couple of weeks ago everything was fine. I dealt with the expected digestive side effects that everyone seems to mention, but nothing serious enough for me to need to stop the medication.
My issue now is in the realm of anxiety/depression. Prior to being diagnosed with PCOS and starting Metformin I was on Zoloft for Generalized Anxiety Disorder which had surfaced about 4 years ago during my freshman year of college. Over the course of 4 years I was on almost every mainstream anti-depressant and in the process, gained close to 50 lbs. At the end of last year I was feeling really good mentally and decided to wean off the Zoloft (with Dr. supervision of course). My goal was now to take care of myself physically.
A month later I received my PCOS diagnosis and was started on Metformin. As of February I’ve been taking the full dosage prescribed to me (2000 mg) and just recently noticed a huge change in my mental state. For whatever reason I just can’t calm down. I have very little appetite and am very shaky, overall I’m becoming an emotional wreck again. This has come on so suddenly that it’s scaring me.
So my question is this: Has anybody else taking Metformin experienced anything like this?
I know the worst thing to do is google all the possibilities but I couldn’t help myself. Sure enough I’ve found a couple of message boards with reviews from people saying the Metformin makes them feel “surreal” which I also found to be true. I was really proud of myself for having made it almost 6 months anti-depressant free, now I feel like the rest of my life will be about choosing between my mental health or my physical health. I just wanted to know if anybody else in this community could shed some light on the situation for me!
Imagine at Caskett’s wedding, after Jim Beckett walks Kate down the aisle he turns to Castle and says “take care of my little girl,” Castle says “always.”