#SlowLivingForLife – June round-up

I can’t even begin to tell how eventful and unexpected this month has been! I set my usual monthly intentions at the end of May to give a structure and some purpose to this month. Nothing that happened since June 1st was predicted, I honestly thought it would end up like another month in lockdown sleeping or sitting on the sofa with nothing to do or look forward to!

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31 and still counting – happy birthday to me!

Today, Jun 6th marks the end of my glorious holiday! If you read my latest blog article, you would know that May hasn’t been a great month, not physically nor mentally. I was in so much need of a holiday and take a break from a dreadful winter spent half on the sofa because of lockdown and the other half in bed because of my mental health.

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Welcome June – Living my dream life!

Usual appointment to check in with my goals at the end of every month and see how good/bad I did over the last 30 days. Although this wasn’t a great month and pretty much uneventful, besides the last week, I had a lot of mental shifts and changed my attitude towards my depression and how my life will look like going forward.

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How I stay organised and plan my days

Am I writing a blog article in the middle of the month? Yes I know it’s an absolute world record since the pandemic started. Over the last year, I barely had the time to survive and keep alive. I would like to go back to my old standard and blog every weekend but, at the moment, seems like a very challenging task with life just going back to normality, at least here in the UK, and the entire world recovering from post-traumatic distress from the pandemic.

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Welcome May and my brand new mindset

It’s that time of the month when I take a break to reflect and evaluate my progress. I am happy to say that April has been one of the most successful and productive months since March 2020. The end of lockdown, being able to do some normal activities, having hopes for the future and start making plans definitely boosted my mood. I was literally counting the minutes!

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Coming out from lockdown – A new life in Kent

At the end of March, I was supposed to write a blog article about the progress I made that month. The appointment was cancelled because I had nothing to say. I wrote some statements on March 1st, then rewrote things on March 15th and realized that nothing happened. The fifth month in lockdown hasn’t been easy. I did make some goals for April, and I kept it simple because I just figured that existence is heavy enough so it isn’t realistic for me to put too much on my plate.

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Doing research with bipolar disorder – Kimberly Fiock

After posting my latest blog article on how I manage to do my research job with depression, I got an overwhelming response from people. Everyone appreciates my bravery, but the truth is that I am no brave at all. This is my reality. I live with my disability every single day. That blog article was also part of a series of article I intended to write about women with disability in research. Kimberly kindly agreed to share her experience of doing research with bipolar disorder and I absolutely love her article and how it feels like to live with an invisible disability.

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How I do my job with depression

I have been meaning to write this article for a very long time, but never found the right time to do it. I am a bit obsessed with having themes on my social media pages and posting the right things at the right time. So, I thought to write about my job and my depression in occasion of women’s history month and IWD2021. I also struggled a lot with finding my voice and defining my brand on social media. Although I kept posting and acting as normal, my internal struggle was real. It took a long year for me to redefine my own identity and personality after covid, PhD, moving to a different city and starting life from scratch again. I guess this will be a never-ending project, but I will talk about it in a separate article.

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One year anniversary of living my best life

This March is a special anniversary for me. It’s been one year of working as a research scientist in industry. I actually started my job on the 9th of March 2020. I had a special celebration this weekend. I did not only get paid but it’s been one year of not being broke and living my best life. For the special occasion, the weather has been fantastic, with temperatures of about 10-15 C and lots of sunshine. It was the first weekend, I managed to eat fish and chips by the beach on Friday after work and cycled to the white cliffs. It’s been glorious!

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What about the longest January of history?

It’s that time of the month again when I sit down to reflect on the month that just finished. I set this as one of my intentions of 2021 and it’s a way for me to break annual goals into small and more attainable tasks. So, at the beginning of every month, I take one or two hours of my time to reflect, evaluate my progress and set the intentions for the next month. I think it’s always good to check on yourself and whether you’re moving in the right direction in life.

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