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#1positivething

I have found that Twitter is a beautiful place to connect with others who understand your struggles and experiences in your life, whatever they may be. I have connected with other spoonies and others with mental health struggles, and I find the community there so supportive.

It makes a huge difference to have people who truly understand what you are going through because they are going through it themselves. I find that support invaluable, and I appreciate it so much. I have come across some truly beautiful souls through my Twitter account and for that, I am truly grateful.

This time of year can be tough

Knowing that this time of year can be tough for a lot of us with mental illness, chronic illness and really just for anyone who has any struggles, I suggested with my lovely twitter community that we begin a hashtag of #1positivething every day during November. A lot of us have decided to continue it through the month of December too.

Finding something positive in each day

It’s all about us looking for one positive thing in every day, whether this be small or large, to help us to search for the positives in our lives. Sometimes this can just be that we are still here, that we have managed to have a shower, that we have gone out and about, anything that we feel has been a positive in our day. It doesn’t have to be big things. Sometimes the little things are really the big things, the things that can really make a difference in our days.

Our hashtag

Some examples of the positive things that have been used include:

“My #1positivething for today is that I booked our first trip away for next year in what will be my married name. Felt very surreal but exciting.”

“#1positivething My husband and I spend his lunch break together daily. I honestly look forward to it every day! It is such a pleasure to share that middle of the day together.”

“My #1positivething today is feeling a little bit better than the past few days.”

“My #1positivething for today is spending the day is bed writing Christmas cards and listening to Christmas music.”

“My #1positivething today was seeing my 11 yo grandson again this morning after 2 months.”

“My #1positivething today is that I got ID’d for wine because the lady thought I only looked 20. I am 28 next week.”

“Today my #1positivething is having a day of rest with lots of food and films.”

“#1positivething Something wonderful happened to me last night…I slept for more than my usual 3 hours and it was fantastic!”

Some of mine have been:

“My #1positivething thing for today is the wonderful support you have all given me during a hard time for me, and through the loss of 2 of my furbabies.”

“#1positivething is that I completed my long walk hurrah.”

“#1positivething I’m alive.”

“#1positivething I’m feeling pretty today.”

“#1positivething I made a lovely dinner in the slow cooker that was very healthy.”

Encouraging and supporting one another

I’ve found, as have others using the hashtag, that it makes you look at things in a slightly more positive way because each day you are searching and thinking about what you can share for that day. It’s a way to encourage ourselves to find good things and to realise that there is good in our days, even if sometimes we feel that there isn’t any.

It also helps us to all stay connected and to support one another. I have found that I am really enjoying it and I’m so pleased that my lovely online friends are finding it useful and are enjoying it too.  I think anything that can bring us together and help in any small way to find joy in the day is a really good thing.

Feel free to join in

Anyone who would like to join in is more than free to do so. It doesn’t have to be every single day if you find that difficult, and you can have more than one positive thing to share if you like! You don’t have to be struggling with your mental health, anyone is welcome. There’s no pressure, it’s all about fun and community online.

If you aren’t a fan of twitter, it’s maybe something that you could do yourself, either writing it down or involving family and friends or even just in your mind each day if you find it useful.

This post is dedicated to my lovely, supportive and wonderful Twitter community.

#1positivething

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APA Reference
D'Arcy-Sharpe, A. (2018). #1positivething. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 17, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/bipolar-journey/2018/11/1positivething/

 

Last updated: 22 Nov 2018
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 22 Nov 2018
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