Dear Diary: De-stressing and returning to normality

I've been a bit slack on the blogging recently, and I'm not apologising for it, but I thought it warranted a little explanation. ...

I've been a bit slack on the blogging recently, and I'm not apologising for it, but I thought it warranted a little explanation. Plus, writing it down will finally lift the weight that's been dragging me down for a month now.

As I explained in my first Dear Diary post, I've been going through a lot of stress in the last month, revolving around my working life in Australia. I needed to apply for an extension to work for another 6 months with the same company, and I had some time when I couldn't work due to the fact that it would have been illegal for me to do so. I spent this time reading, watching Netflix, and just generally trying to forget about the fact that I had a pending application with the immigration office. I had been waiting a while prior to this for an answer as well, whilst attempting to stay positive and know that I couldn't do anything but wait.

Personally, I thought I was getting on okay, but time went on, my application had been gone almost a week over the "standard time", and I began to notice some changes in myself. I was feeling run down, had headaches, and generally felt sick a lot of the time - I realised that these were all causes of my subconscious worries in the back of my head. As much as I tried to stay positive, a tiny part of me was still worried sick that I wouldn't get to work another 6 months, and I'd either have to find another job, or leave - which isn't something I particularly want to do. 

I got my acceptance on Friday which was a huge relief, I felt 100% lighter in my mind, and I've even started feeling better in my health as well. I spent the first 15 minutes just calling and emailing my managers and friends to let them know the good news - they could even hear it in my voice that I sounded different and relieved. The term grinning ear to ear definitely comes to mind.

This, along with illness and general stress has pretty much summed up my 2016 so far, unfortunately. However, now that everything's pretty much sorted on all angles with nothing more to worry about, I'm going to try and make the rest of 2016 my best year yet. I want to get tasks done, go exploring and just do different things to give myself a little more variety. The blog should be updated a little more regularly than it has been as well, with some content that I'm happy to post, rather than feel I have to: but that's for another time.

For now, if you've made it this far, thank you so much for reading, and I hope you have a wonderful day.

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  1. Aww big hugs! I had no idea you were feeling this way. Anxiety and stress are awful things to deal with as they come with both physical and mental implications...I'm so glad everything sorted itself out xxx

    1. Not a lot of people, including myself funnily enough, did. It was all in the back of my mind, but yeah thank you, I'm glad everything's sorted now too :) I'm in a much better place x


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