So I recently began a ‘Positives Notebook’, which is more or less what the name would suggest – a notebook to jot down positive things about you and your life, a recommended technique from a course I attended focusing on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (which I was placed on after continuing depression and anxiety, due to a number of things in my life which I won’t go into here). And actually, it is a really helpful way of keeping yourself focused and positive – writing down what I have actually done/achieved today has made me feel ten times better about myself. It was also recommended to put photos of friends/lyrics from songs you like within it, which i will probably start doing. I just thought I’d share a bit of what I have written in it so far, and hopefully this can be useful to someone who suffers from these issues…
What I like about myself:
Skills I have acquired:
- Analytical skills
- Computer skills
- Cooking/baking etc.
What have I achieved in life?
- Got a 2:1 BA in English Lit.
- Got a poetry collection published
- Got NVQ Level 2 in Health and Social Care
- Begun to write a novel
What challenges have I faced in life?
- Being shy
- Being bullied
- Being self-conscious
- Moving away from home
(but overcame these things!)
- Good writer/poet
- Good with computer/video games
How would a person who cares about me describe me? (written by my boyfriend)
Kind, considerate, generous, loyal, sensitive, maybe a little shy, can be restless, can be too hard on himself, worries a lot, looking for adventure.
Expect to see more from this in the future, including ‘What I actually did today’, which always makes you feel better when you actually list the things you did, trust me! Just wanted to share a great technique that really helped me, obviously appealing to me as a writer, but I’m sure would be beneficial to anybody 🙂
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