Earlier in the week, I found one of (many) notebooks and in it I used to write lists of things that made me happy, especially when I found myself feeling down and/or stressed. The last time I wrote one of these lists was in April 2015 and my only rule was not to stop writing until I had filled a page. Naturally, I decided to try doing this again and I’d forgotten how hard it can be. Not that I consider that my life is any more or less empty than before, just that you do have to think in order to fill the entire page.
Once I had finished the list, it was fun to see how the small things in life make me happy. Some of the points I made were: ‘listening to rain‘ and ‘long journeys.‘ Some of the things listed are small and petty but if they make me happy, then they make me happy.
I can strongly recommend doing this if you’re ever down. It’s a great way to step back and see all the good things in your life. My advice is write it down! No matter how small, petty or silly! Write it down and be shameless! Don’t stop until you fill that page! At the end of the day this is personal and you don’t have to share this list with anyone. It’s just for you.
This brings me quite nicely onto what I originally intended for this week’s blog post.
Earlier this year I started a bookstagram account and alongside this blog, it is my pride and joy. For a while now I have followed Ashleigh who for one, is such a lovely person and genuinely brightens my day, and two, she fills out a ‘Mood Mandala’ in her bullet journal.
|Ashleigh’s Mood Mandala – @afrolicthroughfiction|
Ever since seeing her do this on a regular basis, I have thought that I might benefit from doing this. Mainly because ever since the turn of the new year, I have felt very unsure and confused of how I’ve been feeling. If someone were to ask me how I’ve been doing since January 1st 2017, I’d probably get a little flustered before stating that I don’t really know. It’s all one big blob of emotion. Whilst I can understand that a lot of people may feel like that, I think it would be beneficial for me to be able to see it displayed in such a pretty way.
I know that I cannot commit to a bullet journal because I don’t really have the time, nor am I particularly gifted when it comes to doing anything mildly artistic. Now I have set up a Mood Mandala start in May, which I have no doubt will be an interesting month due to exams and all that good stuff. After counting many times, I believe I have 31 rings to colour in for each day in May. I have listed 7 feelings down which are as follows: Stressed, Productive, Relaxed, Excited, Content, Panic/Worry and Down/Sad. Of course, being a human being is so complex so on a daily basis I may feel all of these and more in a day, but I wanted to keep this relatively simple. I’ve also written one of my favourite song lyrics at the top of the page because it makes me giggle and it’s quite cute.
Part of the beauty of monitoring mood like this, is even though I am presenting it in such a simple way, I can look back at the end of May and know that all of those feelings are valid. I’ve always been someone who knows and tells people that negative feelings are valid and I will continue to say that bad days are allowed and like I’ve said before, this is a beautiful way of demonstrating this.
That wraps things up for this week. I just wanted to add a thank you to Ashleigh for taking time to send me some photos of her Mood Mandalas but also for being such a sweet person to have on my feed everyday. Here at the links to her: Twitter | Youtube Channel | Instagram
I finished Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince last night so we should have my observations up next week!