Louise's diary


Dear diary,

I can't wait to share my mental health journey; hopefully, I will find some relief along the way. 

- Louise

Saturday, September 11th, 2021 @ 10:10 a.m.

This week has been hectic between returning to the office and the dwindling days (I'm already missing the long summer days!). I felt stressed and overwhelmed. After telling a doctor about it, he recommended that I contact Relief. He thinks their services could help me better deal with my symptoms. I wasn't sure whether it would be helpful, but I figured I had nothing to lose, so I messaged them on their Facebook page. I was surprised to talk to Sophia, a mental health worker who kindly gave me the information I needed. It reassured me to know that I could contact her again if necessary. She also told me about a walk they are organizing for mental health. I will look into it this weekend! Maybe I could even take Billy for a walk..

- Louise

Tuesday, September 14 2021 @ 6:35 p.m. 

Sunday, after having "baked" Ricardo's vanilla cupcakes (I don't understand why I keep trying, I always end up getting them burned), I went to find out about the Relief Walk event.

I thought it was a great idea to unite people, take care of yourself and help others! In addition, if you register before September 19, you can be the first to listen to their podcast and gain access to a yoga and meditation session. Not sure if I like yoga, but why not!

It tempted me to take up the challenge with my friends, but since they are always busy with their boyfriends... I registered alone! I'll ask my neighbor if I can take his dog Billy out, so I don't get too lonely.

I thought to myself the other day that I am less overwhelmed with my thoughts when I walk. It helps the hamster wheel calm down a bit, which feels pretty relieving! Especially after a day of working from home, it allows me to breathe. Anyway, I can't wait to do this walk. Fun times ahead!

Until next time dear diary,
- Louise

Friday, September 17 2021 @ 6:22 a.m. 

It was hard to wake up this morning. Usually, I snooze my alarm 2-3 times to get 10 more minutes of sleep, but today I shut it off 30 minutes before it went off. Unheard of for me!

2 options: work emergencies woke me up or I just can't wait for FRIDAY! 

I don't have any big plans this weekend, I'm going to talk to my friends and family about the Relief walk and why I've decided to participate.

I've realized I don't have enough time for myself. Work is taking over my life! Even after I get home, I'm still thinking about work and I don't even have the energy to make myself something to eat. What's funny is that I can find the energy to say "yes" to a colleague or to answer my emails. But this weekend is FOR ME. When I walk, it doesn't take energy, it gives me energy! And even better, I can contribute to a cause that is so important to me. I'm crossing my fingers that my loved ones will support me by making donations!

I lost track of time! I need to get ready for work!!
Note to self: don't forget your JUST BITE bars!!

See you soon,
- Louise


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