Hello everyone! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Years. I would like to start off by thanking everyone who took the time to read my first blog. I appreciate all the comments you left on it. I am so happy with how it went and I am looking forward to writing many blogs in the future.
I thought that I would write a relaxed blog as it is after Christmas and talk about some of the anxieties about starting back in school.
First of all I would like to tell you to not underestimate how difficult it can be going back to school after Christmas. When I look back on myself starting school after Christmas, I remember thinking how weird and strange it was when I found it very hard to cope with going back to school. I never understood why everybody else could cope and accept the fact that they were back at school. Just remember to take it slow and to give yourself time to adjust. Don’t be too hard on yourself!!!!!!! Some of you might have exams coming up or you may find that you’re finding it difficult to face certain things in school. Don’t rush yourself and remember that most people with Dyspraxia/DCD are feeling this way and you are not alone.
Secondly, I always find I put a lot of pressure on myself when starting school in the New Year. I always feel that this is my chance to start again and I always put so much pressure on myself when it comes to school, social life and anxiety. Due to all of this pressure, I usually dread the coming New Year and worry what it will bring. This year I am going to try look at it all in a different way and take some of that unneeded pressure off. I’m not going to view it all as a whole year. When I view it like this it looks scary and long. Instead I am going to take one day at a time. Focus on just one day, not the whole year. Of course, we have to plan ahead and think in the future, but this year I am going to plan my weeks but make sure that I am living in the present. Many people with anxiety are constantly thinking in the future. They are trying to control the future so they can try to avoid something that may cause them anxiety. I found that this was getting out of control for me. I couldn’t focus on conversations with people or with what was happening within my surroundings because I was focusing too much on trying to control the future. I felt like it was impossible for me to let go and have any fun. I am going to continue to work on living in the present during the New Year. I find that you can’t experience life for what it is or enjoy life when you are constantly in the future. I hope that this helps anyone who finds that they struggle with this also.
Thirdly, I would advise everyone to stay positive and find things to look forward to. I find that because there is such a big build up to Christmas, I get excited for it and I feel like there is nothing to look forward to after Christmas. In the New Year, I’m going to concentrate on little things that make me feel happy and content. I think that people who have anxiety and Dyspraxia/DCD, enjoy and appreciate smaller things more because there is less anxiety associated with them. We can see and appreciate it for what it is. Don’t belittle yourself if you look forward to your weekends or your tea at night ?. I have had people think that I’m strange when I get excited for small things at school or at home. This used to affect my confidence but I have learned to not care and accept that that is one of my lovely qualities. To be honest, I don’t understand why people get so uptight over it, its not like it affects them in any way :? I think unique qualities like that are a certain type of beautiful that are rare to find in this world and people with Dyspraxia/DCD are lucky to have them.
Lastly, I would like to say that 2016 should be a year where we all learn to accept ourselves for who we are. I have only started to accept who I am and I have never been any happier. Of course there are days where I walk into school and I’m finding that I care about what somebody thinks or I’m having a day full of anxiety and I am finding it hard to have conversations with people. We all have those days and I’m learning to accept that those will happen. In order to learn from days like that, I have to move on. I try to start each day by telling myself that there are people in this world who will never accept you no matter what you do to try and please them. I ask myself why would I want to try and please someone who won’t accept me for who I am.
Thank you for reading this blog. I have many ideas for some blogs in the New Year such as sleeping routine, after school routine, how I manage my homework and studies and many more. If you have any ideas on what you would like me to write please let me know. I would really appreciate it.
2015 has been a year of change and maturity for me and I am looking forward for a happy and healthy 2016 for all of us. Please remember that life doesn’t have to be prefect to be beautiful!
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