A Mental Health Winter Survival Guide – Quick Tips for those tough days (2).

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Make an appointment with your doctor, and please don’t be afraid to be honest about what you’re going through ~ they’re there to help.

 

Surviving Winter ~ A Beautiful Wintertime Diary (continued)…

From my Winter Survival Guide suggestion to take a break and drink some festive tea: https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/129815114/posts/4833

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It was the first weekend of November.  The air was crisp and cold, with a noticeable drop in temperature. I was waiting in the train station, all wrapped up in a cosy cardigan and a warm long winter coat. There was such a hustle and bustle around me, people coming and going, and waiting for trains. I actually felt too hot in all of my layers so I took my coat off and held it draped over my arm as I waited for my friend.

I stood outside the coffee shop in the city’s Central Station. It was so busy, and more so than usual, even for a Saturday – there was some kind of football game it seemed and so even more people were getting trains to go to the stadium to watch it.

I hadn’t seen my friend for just over a year. Well, just over 15 months actually. I know this because it’s the age of her baby boy, who I still haven’t met, and the last time I saw her she was very heavily pregnant and due to imminently pop out her baby! 🙂

And then all of a sudden, there she was, my slim, trim, beautiful and lovely friend who looked just like she did in her single days, and you wouldn’t know that she was a new young mother just by looking at her. No baby weight, which was impressive, not that that matters, it was just nice to see her doing well. We hugged and made our way into the coffee shop.

As I said in my Winter Survival Guide post that is linked to this (https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/129815114/posts/4833), I’m a chai tea latte kind of a girl, so guess what I got? 😉 My friend ordered a yummy hot chocolate with the works…cream, chocolate sprinkles, and a flake!

I smiled when I eventually noticed the reindeer motifs on our paper cups, as we sat down inside at one of the small tables for two next to the window. My friend wanted to ‘people watch’ and we had prime seats to do just that as fascinating characters passed this way and that in front of our window as they hurried to make their trains or to meet people. I smiled at the reindeer design, and also as we left the coffee shop around an hour later I noticed a picture above the door frame of a ‘mum, dad and baby’ reindeer in a winter scene. I smiled because I have seen a lot of deer recently, some in pictures, and other real live deer as I’ve journey on trains or buses to various destinations on my own or with a friend. It’s not the most common sight for a city dwelling girl, and I have a particular fondness of deer, especially as they are depicted in Scripture and in the Psalms as an image for a heart longing after God….just like ”the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul longs after You”, the psalmist David writes.  They are also special to me at the moment, and have been for the past couple of years in terms of a personal encouragement between God and me for something I have been praying about. So these pictures brought a smile to my face.

I like that our memories and special times with our friends or times by ourselves in reflection can be linked to something so simple as a warm and comforting drink. As I write I am drinking just a ‘normal’ cup of tea and snacking on a chocolate chip cookie. I like the memories we make in the simple things, allowing the ordinary to become special. It was lovely to catch up with my friend, and we chatted about how life had changed from the times we spent together as single girls living and working in the city, and having the freedom to go out for coffee like this, or for lunch or to dinner with groups of our friends. I still have that freedom, but my friend is juggling the responsibilities of being a wife and a new mother and working part time, and she’s living pretty much in the countryside just now. We chatted about her plans for her future, and the unknowns about my future, and she told me how she actually missed her carefree single days even though at the time she longed for the days of marriage and family that she has now. It’s easy to fail to appreciate the blessings of each unique season we are in, until the time comes to look back upon it. So we enjoyed the time together, in the moment, catching up and looking at photos of her gorgeous baby. And now those lovely in the moment moments are but a memory, and this little paper cup serves as a fond reminder of them. It is amazing that a coffee or tea cup goes far deeper than you would think at first sight – spend some time over your cuppa with a good friend and you will be amazed at the deep things about life that you could learn! 🙂 x

 

Around the World…

I’ve decided to start doing a ‘shout out’ to my readers, viewers, friends and followers across the world, from the first ‘top 3’ countries as per my Word Press blog stats.

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So today’s hello, welcome and thank you goes to our friends in (drum roll please):

The United States of America, The United Kingdom, and The United Arab Emirates!

Wow, amazing to glimpse where you’re from, thank you for following 🙂

P.S. It’s not stats alphabetically, that’s just coincidental that they are all ‘United’…it’s the top 3 countries from which people have given me the most views.

If you feel like commenting and telling me a little about life in your country, that would be amazing…otherwise, a big heartfelt welcome (including to all of my other readers of course too, I just thought this would be a bit of a fun thing to do) :).

Also, no matter where in the world you are reading from, feel free to share in the comments which country you are in and anything about your country that you’d like the blogging world community to know! 🙂

 

Surviving Winter: A Beautiful Wintertime Diary (continued)…

Sunday 17th November 2019:

It’s a bright and beautiful Sunday early afternoon. I spent some quiet time this morning listening to worship music, praying and praising God while playing worship songs on my violin. Taking time for a bit of self care and reflection, and tidying up, and hopefully by later this afternoon I’ll catch some of that winter sunshine while it is still here, God willing.

But back to my update on how I’m getting on with putting my Winter Survival Guide suggestions into practice. Friday night was a night for this one:  https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/129815114/posts/4891

It was cold, dark, and I’d had a long albeit productive week at work, and I was spending the evening alone. I’ve been feeling tired after work this week and working through some things that had been bothering me a bit, so I haven’t really had a lot of time or energy to put into practice some of the other perhaps more productive Winter Survival Guide tips this week, alongside the fact that I have been blogging a lot! 🙂

So, Friday night was definitely a good night for a cosy night in and for a bit of a treat, so I ordered in a takeaway, I was in the mood for Wagamama, so here are the obligatory pictures of what I got – all vegan too I’m pleased to say 🙂 Yasai Katsu Curry, and panko breadcrumb covered aubergines in a bun, with a side salad. Delish! 🙂

I ended up not watching a film, but enjoying my ‘go to’ cosy night in fix of Grey’s Anatomy.

Sometimes we just need an evening like that, no pressure, some good food, and the chance to unwind after a long week. Have you had any cosy nights in lately as winter approaches? What did you do, or do you have any film or TV recommendations?

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What I’m listening to this morning: Winter Survival Guide (34) ~ Christmas and Holiday Playlists. — Life as it happens to be — Life as it happens to be

Lauren Daigle: “Noel”

Listening to this just now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Vwu-t7QRaE&list=PL5o2Uu3rC4m5ONKvTeJSDlCA8b_JomJ8k&index=3

via What I’m listening to this morning: Winter Survival Guide (34) ~ Christmas and Holiday Playlists. — Life as it happens to be — Life as it happens to be

What I’m listening to this morning: Winter Survival Guide (34) ~ Christmas and Holiday Playlists. — Life as it happens to be

Listening to this just now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Vwu-t7QRaE&list=PL5o2Uu3rC4m5ONKvTeJSDlCA8b_JomJ8k&index=3

So, we’ve covered our top 5 films and made an occasion of them, so what about some ‘feel good’ music? I haven’t ever put together a Christmas holiday playlist, as such. I tend to just buy music and listen to it on my MP3, or if it’s something I might only occasionally listen to I’ll […]

via Winter Survival Guide (34) ~ Christmas and Holiday Playlists. — Life as it happens to be

Surviving Winter: A Beautiful Wintertime Diary…

Saturday 16th / Sunday 17th November 2019 (00:35hrs) :

I hope you’ve all been enjoying and following my series of posts in my ‘Winter Survival Guide’, and have found some of my suggestions helpful.

I thought it would be a nice idea to actually share with you my own efforts to put some of my ideas into practice, and hopefully you will be inspired to join in.

This isn’t necessarily going to be in the order of my original posts, and for some of the ‘smaller’ and more lighter hearted suggestions (such as dancing along to Christmas music! 😉 ) you’ll have to browse through the comments sections of my Winter Survival Guide to see any updates I’ve put in there, but for the more eventful suggestions I’ll write longer posts.

My first 2 posts in the Winter Survival Guide were fairly introductory, and number 3 was about making the most of walking outside while the weather is still amenable to this. You can read the post here: https://wordpress.com/read/blogs/129815114/posts/4807

I’ve actually been stuck inside all day today by myself, and truth be told I had a bit of a dip in my mood this evening as some things have been bothering me, but I’m working through them and have been enjoying some quiet reflective times listening to Scripture, cosying up on my couch and watching Grey’s Anatomy, as well as doing some tidying up around the house, talking to my parents on the phone, blogging – of course, and having a little ‘dance party’ of my own. So although the updates on my wintery walks aren’t from today, I have been putting into practice some of the other, cosier, indoor tips from my Winter Survival Guide. However, here are some pictures from some wintery walks in the park and observations in the city’s main train station from a little earlier on. I hope that it brings some joy and inspiration to you even if you can’t get outside yourself today. Be blessed, and happy beautiful wintery journey to you. x

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