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It wasn't until I had a diagnosis that I had depression, that I started to recognise signs that I hadn't been coping with day-to-day. And what concerned me the most was how was I going to notice if I started slipping back into that same mindset?

Stress, anxiety, sadness, tiredness, irritability, isolation, guilt, and countless others, are just some of the ways in which people experience or demonstrate signs of UN-wellbeing. While others, who may be struggling equally as much demonstrate no external signs.


Below are just three simple ways in which you can start to notice signs or periods in your life where your wellbeing may be out of balance.


Keep a diary

Recording or writing down your feelings, activities, goals, the good and the bad, however small for the day, week or month ahead is a great way to reflect but also to notice patterns or changes in your thoughts or behaviors.


Check your well-being 'balance'

Remember the last time you think you felt really good or happy. Compare that to where you think you are today. Are you feeling better/worse/the same? If you're feeling worse, try to identify what part of your life is the root cause? Is it your physical health, social connections (work, family, community group?), mental or emotional health (sense of purpose, value). Any changes or pressure in these core areas of wellbeing can cause you to feel imbalanced. Take the time to 'check in' on yourself on a regular basis. Recording this can also help to see patterns or trends.


Set goals

Goalsetting is a great way to keep your well-being in check. Whether big or small, setting goals and achieving them is a great way to boost your emotions and keep a check on your overall sense of wellbeing.


Mindset Cards have been developed to help you build your awareness of mental health and are a great visual reminder to keep your overall wellbeing in check.


If this post has triggered anything in you or someone else you know, please reach out and talk to someone.

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I remember one of the first times I got the “butterflies”. I was standing in front of the sink washing bottles ready for the steriliser, staring out the window and feeling my stomach sink and flip at the same time. I still get that feeling from time to time. It’s like “butterflies” but it wasn‘t a happy excited feeling. My daughter was probably only a month or two old. Around that time I also started feeling terrified that we would have some kind of natural disaster and I made my husband work out a plan for where we would go and how we would meet up, should we not be able to communicate by phone. We stocked up on water and canned goods. All completely normal for a new mum right? Well, I thought so...


Reflecting back on that time and the next two years that followed, I had another baby (17 months between them), and my second child had a very rough start. It never occurred to me that I was struggling with my mental well-being and resilience. At my lowest points I remember thinking “I’ll feel better tomorrow”. It’s just a phase.


They never teach you about mental health during ante-natal. Post-natal depression gets mentioned as something “to look out for” for both parents. For me, it was the butterflies...if someone had told me that these butterflies were my body’s way of saying “Hey lady, you need to look after yourself...or it‘s all gunna go downhill from here”...and had helped me to learn what I have collated into Mindset Cards over the last two years, those early years being a new Mum might not have been so tough. It goes by so fast...

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This time last year, at 2:35am, I created the first prototype of Mindset Cards and my business was born. New Zealand was into its 4th week of 'Level 4' lockdown, and I was doing ok in my little island paradise. Little did I know, or have any expectation of what the next 12 months would be like. Yet here I was, embarking on a new business venture when most people weren't sure if they were going to have jobs. Was it really the right time to be starting a business?


Reflecting over the last year, there have been highs and lows, frustrations, and successes. Throughout it all, I still put the skills that I have developed from building Mindset Cards into practice every day. And that in itself gives me the confidence to keep going.


One of the best (and hardest, if you've had kids) things about lockdown was spending so much time with my kids. We went for walks every day, baked, made obstacle courses around the house, chatted on Zoom/Skype with family and friends, probably watched too much Netflix. For them, they will never know life before COVID19. For the rest of us, our worlds have been turned upside down and some changed forevermore.

I remember hearing somewhere that a lot of people start a business to leave a legacy for their children. Well, for me, if there's one thing I can leave them with is the knowledge of how to live a full and happy life and have the resilience to deal with whatever life throws their way then I'll pass on a happy person.

I'm super excited that my idea is about to turn into a reality!


Today marks the official 'launch' of Mindset Cards. We're about to start selling! And to celebrate this occasion, I'll be giving away a set of Mindset Cards to our first ten customers. One as yours and one to give away. Check out our Facebook page to find out more...


Kia Kaha,

Amanda



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