Many of you have heard me say how important it is for me to “celebrate the little victories.” If you haven’t heard me say that then let me give you a little bit of a background.
I have PTSD/Anxiety/Depression due to an accident where I have a brain injury amongst other things. For several years, and sometimes still, days would be challenging. Waking up was hard (sometimes still is), sleeping was hard (still is), and my apathy was STRONG.
I sat across from my counselor (I love her so much), and she said “are you leaving your house much?” I scrambled to thing of the last time I left my house outside of my weekly meet up with her/classes and I couldn’t think of anything other than when I was on my way home and stopped for groceries with my sister.
She then told me that I should try to go on dates with Luke more and get out of the house whether that was for walks, playing board games with friends, etc. And then came this phrase that stuck with me…”Celebrate the little victories, lady.” As she always says “Love you sweet, lady” and it makes me feel seen and loved every time.
When she said celebrate the little victories it was like she was speaking straight to my brain. The little stuff is a victory, and its worthy of celebration.
So I started making small achievable goals. Like going to a friends house and hanging out without calling Luke to go home. Or going to a restaurant with Luke. Or something as simple or annoying as making my bed, cleaning up my floor, doing laundry….bathing. I know that’s probably not what anyone wants to hear…LOL but It’s true. Since I was in such a deep / dark place…it was challenging for me to care for myself because I felt like I had lost a lot of who I was prior to the accident.
So I want to challenge you…whether you personally have experienced mental “unhealth” or not, to start celebrating the little victories. Look for the joys and the accomplishments. Lately, my little victories is sitting down and going through my emails, texts, and dm’s and cleaning them up.
My other little victories are when I make food for myself and remember to clean everything up when I’m done. It’s rare to celebrate that one for me because I’m horrible at cleaning up after myself.
Another little victory is catching up in my Bible Reading Plan. So I will be celebrating that.
I usually celebrate with a coffee or flowers.
Ask yourself these three questions everyday:
1. What’s my goal?
2. What is something little that I’m avoiding?
3. What can I celebrate today?