I am a born worrier. I worry about all kinds of things and pregnancy only seems to have magnified this particular trait. I was a rather serious little girl and this has transferred itself to my adult personality. Quite frankly, it sucks. Having an overacting, over-anxious brain isn’t fun.
There are a lot of quotes that make their way around the internet that seem particularly designed to make women feel better about themselves (you know, the endless Marilyn Monroe ones that were never uttered by her in the first place.) But I think one of my favourites is one I stumbled across when doing some research into Dorothy Parker. It was from a piece about New York at 6.30pm, but I think it’s lovely: “If you can get through the twilight, you’ll live through the night.”
I think it’s a brilliant sentiment for anyone who is maybe struggling with things. I have suffered with anxiety and depression in the past; it’s a struggle I don’t think you ever really give up, it’s always looming in one way or another. I know that I have to keep an eye on myself, especially as the nights draw in. Maybe this is something I’ll cover on here in the future, but right now, staying positive is an important thing to me and I will fight hard to keep my brain chemistry on my side.
However, when I’m not feeling low, my other favourite (and perhaps some would argue it’s more relevant!) is a quote I found attributed to the mistress of attitude, Liz Taylor: “Put your lipstick on and pull yourself together!”
While this is not something to say to someone who is depressed (how can you pull your brain chemistry together?), it is something I say to myself when I don’t want to go to work, or I’m being silly about something minor. I think it’s always good to laugh at yourself and acknowledge that sometimes, you’re just being a bit daft about something that’s not worth stressing about, although admittedly, it’s not always easy.
How do you stay positive on those days when life just seems rubbish?