Reflective Fridays: A new series…starting on a Saturday…

Hi guys! I thought it would be good to start this new series: Reflective Fridays. In these posts I will be recapping my week, what I have achieved, and what I want to improve upon.

I spoke a little about how I am trying to take some time regularly to reflect on myself in a previous post, after a wonderful woman told me how she learnt to truly love herself. This may help some of you to learn to be more positive about your achievements, and look objectively at how you can take little steps to improve yourselves.

I understand that today is actually Saturday, but I’ve only just thought about doing this and didn’t want to leave it until next week. Think of it as my way of making it up to you for not posting on Monday.

So without further ado, here is my reflection on this past week.

Reflective Friday: 21th – 26th August 2017

So this week didn’t start in the best way, but I did manage to turn it around.

I failed to write a blog post on Monday, partially because I’ve been struggling with fatigue. I had some blood tests done last week to see whether I am deficient in some vitamins or minerals. They’ve come back clear, and I eat enough carbs and drink a lot of water, so I’m not sure why I am so exhausted all of the time. I guess it might just be another side effect of depression.

Sleep Cycle StagesI did read somewhere about sleep cycles, and how depression affects them. A typical human needs around 7-8 hours of sleep each night. Long story short, their sleep cycles are about one quarter rapid eye movement (REM) sleep, and three quarters non-REM sleep. People with severe depression slip into REM sleep sooner than non-depressed sleepers. They may begin dreaming only 45 minutes into their sleep, cutting the normal amount of deep, non-dreaming sleep in half. The loss of this deep sleep cannot be fully recovered during the night. Their REM sleep can also last twice as long. In other words, their ratios of REM and non-REM sleep are pretty much reversed, which is why it’s not uncommon for sufferers of depression can sleep for 15-16 hours a day.

So after work on both Sunday and Monday, I pretty much just curled up and snoozed. I could not bring myself to finish the blog post I had started for you all. But I did soon start to make up for the bad start to the week.

Little Stompie
Little Stompie

On Tuesday I had to take one of my younger rats – Maxwell – to the vet again. I mentioned in a quick post last week that he trapped his tail and had been prescribed antibiotics. We were hoping that he wouldn’t lose any of his tail, but the end went completely black and dried up, and the living tissue surrounding it became infected. He therefore needed to have an operation to amputate about an inch or so of the tail. He’s doing much better now, and he is officially nicknamed Stompie (Afrikaans for ‘stumpy’).

Check out my crochet skills!If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I also went to a second class to learn how to crochet. I initially found it quite difficult doing grannysquares, but I think I have the hang of it now, thanks to my lovely teacher, Louise, from The Wool Loft. That was a great achievement for me, since I’ve been wanting to learn how to crochet for some time. So I was quite happy with that class.

This week I also managed to do some very belated spring cleaning. I tidied and sorted out my room, the upstairs cupboard that had sort of become the crap cupboard, the outside cupboard, and the kitchen. Trips to the skip and the charity shop were made. The rats were cleaned out and the entire house was cleaned. I also put up a floating shelf in my room. Even if I do say so myself, I did good.

I have also improved at sticking to doing at least 5 minutes of German every day. In my bullet journal I have a small number of habits that I try to stick to, and although I have struggled in the past, I seem to be doing better this week.

And to make this week even better, Phil has come up for a week. Hopefully the weather is going to stay nice this next week so that we can get out of the house a bit. I’ve been going a little crazy in the house, and – if fatigue permits – I want to do a bit more than just work and stay at home this coming week.

I’m hoping this series will help some of you who wish to start listing your achievements. This week’s reflective log has been a bit more packed with achievements than I expect future ones to be, so don’t worry if you’re not at that level yet. I’m not usually.

You also don’t need to start a bullet journal to list your achievements. I know I go on about my bullet journal a lot, but even just an achievement journal can be beneficial. Using just a simple lined notebook, you can simply keep a log of your achievements each week. I will be helping my mum over the next few weeks to start an achievement journal. Any tips and tricks we learn, I will let you know.

In the meantime, remember that you are awesome, and keep smiling.

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