Vickie’s Week!

Hello everyone! It feels like it’s been ages since I last wrote on here, and a lot has been happening. So, what have I been up to?

Well, at the beginning of this year Charlotte and I celebrated our completion of Dry 2020 with a glass of water and a video chat and discussed what our experiences were like over the past year not drinking alcohol. We both found it quite interesting the number of people who questioned our choices to stay sober whilst there is still a big stigma around alcohol addiction. I’m very glad I took part in Dry 2020 because it gave me a new perspective on drinking and the relationships we have with alcohol. If you want to read more about Charlotte and I’s Dry 2020 experience you can check out our joint post on it here!

Also at the start of this year I have start a new workstream, with Charlotte and Lois from the SUN Network and Grace Turner from the CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group), which involves working with service users who have experience with eating disorders, or who have cared for someone with an eating disorder to help us to design literature and leaflets for anyone who may need the support of the eating disorder services in future. This is an exciting project to be working on and we have had some great feedback already on what people would like to see from literature presented to those who may be on a waiting list to get support. If you would like to get involved in this piece of work please click here and tick the option ‘Eating Disorder leaflet design – Helping design top tips leaflets about things people with eating disorders and their families need to know’ to register your interest!

Over the last few weeks I’ve also had a lot of college assignments on the go alongside having a lot going on in my personal life, so I’ve been making an extra effort to do self-care and look after my wellbeing; and one way I like to do that is by creating art. Something I’ve really been enjoying recently is creating a scrapbook/journal/sketchbook all in one as I find it to be a very mindful activity for me as I spend a lot of time focusing on where I want everything on the sketchbook pages. This is also a great way to document memories in a visual way which I love. You can check out some of my sketchbook spreads below to inspire you to start your own!

Another way I’ve been practicing self-care is by listening to music that makes me smile a lot. I’m by no means a musical personal and have two left feet, but over the last few months I’ve found myself bobbing along to songs that make me happy, and I also see it as a form of meditation for me. Something else I’ve made an effort of doing is actually doing nothing when I need to. And I know how weird that sounds, but sometimes you need to make time to just do nothing to recharge; I personally love to sit down with a cup of tea and watch the Great Pottery Throwdown which is one of my favourite tv shows alongside the Great British Bake Off and Great British Sewing Bee.

How are you practicing self-care this week?

Have a great rest of the week and weekend everyone!

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