Ah the infamous words of Heather Small. Such a simple question yet so many of us find it so difficult to answer, including me. Today as I wandered up and down Oxford Street I was feeling a little low, I felt a little out of control and was unaware of any achievements I had made lately. As I made my way round the shops and rummaged through the rails I was totally disregarding the little things I was doing that I would not have done this time last year or even a few months ago. I started to realise that I was achieving just perhaps not in ways I or anyone else would expect. I had found that I had conquered fears without realising. So this blog is all about the little things that you achieve each day that make for a huge accomplishment. So here are three things I have achieved just in the last week.
- My first 2nd year assesment. Around a week ago I completed a presentation without taking any medication to ease my anxiety. It felt so good to achieve this without needing help! Our group even managed to get 64 which was briliant and I am so so proud.
- Getting the bus. This sounds quite basic but a couple of months ago I wouldn’t have been able to do that alone! I am now happily hopping on and off the big red buses with ease. I used to have panic attacks attempting to get on the bus and now I do it happily!
- I ate alone in a coffee shop! Also sounds a little basic but for me this was huge! I have never done this before as I hated the idea. I would feel so awkward and like all eyes were on me because I was alone. However I sat in Costa and enjoyed my lunch whilst people watching and it actually felt pretty relaxing!
I think it is really important to compare yourself to you and not others. I have always looked at myself against other people which has made me feel hideous but looking at how far I have come builds you up and lets you feel fabulous!
Make sure you ask yourself what you have done today to make you feel proud everyday!
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