Learning to Become an Average Functioning Citizen

It’s been about a month since I started Uni again. It’s been good, although most definitely not without it’s struggles. I have a very strong feeling that the next 5 years are going to provide me with a very steep learning curve in managing stress, commitments, and functioning to some level that would be deemed near “normal day-to-day functioning for the average British citizen”

Starting uni has taken a toll on my mood, however, this I think is also part of the steep learning curve. However, not everything has been bad. I’ve been quite productive and done rather well at getting myself to places. For example, on World Mental Health Day (10th October) – (yes, unfortunately I didn’t post about this at the time, but I am now, right??) I went to a B-eat lecture at Kings College London about Living with an Eating Disorder, which was followed by a talk with Janet Treasure about the changing scope of eating disorders in health systems, society and treatment over the last 35 or so years.

In addition I started Ready Set Go with Nike Run Club London, in order to regain my game in the running arena of my life – and general exercise incorporation into my life seeing as it makes me feel 100x better.

This run club was an amazing and exciting experience and way to get running again. Think 50 people, running through london with music, talking, having a laugh and generally having fun running as a bit of a crew. I highly recommend this to anyone in London who wants to start running. You can sign up on the Nike site HERE! Trust me, you’ll have a great time and it’s a great introduction to running for beginners and returners. The second session is tomorrow, and despite my grumpy cat approach to life at the moment, I’m really looking forward to it.

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As a method of coping and managing my life, I plan everything. I have taken to using iCal, much to the disappointment of my trusty and beloved FiloFax in order to know what i’m doing, when and where – since life became a bit more hectic and my trusty FiloFax is a bit hefty to be in my bag 24/7, which I need this information to be because otherwise I don’t remember shit.

However, I do love pen and paper. I have a bit of a love affair with pen, paper and organising/managing life stationary. Therefore this week I have enlisted my trusty new What I Ate chart in my kitchen to monitor the healthiness of my eating patterns and choices:

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So, hopefully, with all my fingers and toes crossed I manage to pull through this period of stress and grumpy cat syndrome by managing, monitoring and organising my life meticulously in order to give myself the sense that I have *some* sense of control over my life.

 

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