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Lesley is a mental health advocate and endo warrior. She has been battling depression for 20 years and has found a few things that have really helped her with the daily struggle. Today we talk about one of those techniques: The GLAD Method that she has used DAILY to help her through her struggles.
We talk about her story of finding a diagnosis and how she remained positive during a year of healing and surgery.
After making it through to the other side, Lesley now wants to create a community where those struggling with endometriosis, depression, and other mental health struggles can go to get support and find people that can help them through the process. This was something she wished she had access to during her diagnosis, surgery, and recovery.
When I asked Lesley to tell me what self-love meant to her she said, “Self-love is huge! Without self-love, your mental health can really get tossed into the crapper. For me sometimes self-love is eating good food or exercising. Other times it’s taking a nap and watching mass amounts of TV. It’s learning to listen to your body and what it really needs. It’s also learning to accept who you are, flaws and all”.
It’s time to embrace all of you! Be brave and surround yourself with a support team. Let’s dig in.
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what is letting my soul on fire right now. Um, I actually started something new. And I don’t even know if I went over this with you. But I am starting digital marketing classes, which is going to be a ton of fun, but more I guess more of a thing that like, in the last few weeks, I’ve just been thinking about and driving like to and from work and everything. And it’s like, I want to create, and I know they exist, but I want to create an endometriosis awareness community that specifically in the Midwest so that we can like it, like even even more specifically in Illinois, like, okay, so these are the doctors these are the specialists that I found that I like, these are the people that are like, like pelvic floor physical therapy, like these are the people that I really like, just so that when you’re dealing with whether it’s surgery, or whether it’s needing physical therapy, whether it’s trying to find a doctor to figure out whether or not you have it or if you do have it and insurance in the US is a pain in the ass. And you have to switch somebody like switch to find a different specialists like so that you can do that. You don’t have to do it by yourself, because I did a lot of abundance shelves. And it’s like straight up, but just thought. So I kind of want to create that. And I think having the digital marketing background that I’m doing, or starting to work on, is going to help that. So yeah.
I think I think it’s really powerful to let you know, just in general, watching your journey and the willingness that you have been open to sharing the struggles, because like you just said it hasn’t been easy. You create this place where people can come so that it doesn’t feel so alone. And the fact that this happened last year, with all the other things going on how much more alone? You know, could it be? And I love that your shirt says aware? Like there’s this new awareness around what is needed. Yeah. So in creating this community and this, like what led up to this, because if you just I’m I don’t know much about endo or any of that. But is it something that it came on? Did it take a while to discover like most other illnesses like how to
So the process for me, well,
losing the headset, I have little ears and earbuds just don’t work well, but it’s got the microphone attached. So we’re using it because my other headset is being wonky too and it’s a wireless so but um, so typically for most people with endometriosis diagnosis takes, on average, seven and a half years.
it takes a long time. And what generally happens is that you’re going to your doctors and you’re saying this is going on, whether it’s your ob gyn or your your general practitioner. And you’re like, dude, I’m in pain, or this is like, what’s going on? And so normally take seven a half years. So, for me, um, I started the onset was actually in January 2020. So end of January 2020. I was I spent a week, four days feeling like it was it also felt like shit. I felt awful. I laid in bed, or I went into the bathroom when I went into the bathroom. Like I was already nauseous anyways, I was already in pain, but the pain and the nausea increased tenfold when I would go to the bathroom. And I would be sweating and on the floor crying and like pulling a trash can and sitting on the toilet and it was just awful. And so I went into immediate care on a Saturday, and they were like, We have no idea what’s wrong with you I don’t like great, great, great, great, this is awesome. Um, they like they ran, like they were in blood tests, they ran on some urine tests and they’re like, Oh, um, and then the next day, I went to the emergency room at the hospital that I worked at. And I was like, Yo, this like, not right here. They, of course, drew blood, blood panels bring back nothing. Um, but I’m like, it’s a ton of abdominal pain. And it gets worse when I go to the bathroom. So they did an internal and an external ultrasound. And after hours, hours, it was because they had me pee, they took my blood, but like, yeah, everything else. But um, the doctor came back in. And she’s like, so based off the size of your uterus and the fact that is too big, and some ridging and some patterns, we believe you have a no meiosis for which the only cure is a hysterectomy.
Like, all of that decide in like, two minutes? Oh, okay. Um, she’s like, you need to go to your ob gyn and talk to her. Okay.
So that, like, when I’m done there, she’s like, you got to make an appointment with your viewer. And, and, you know, see if she can help you or something, oh, wait two or three weeks to be able to go to my ob gyn. And she goes, Well, you’re already on birth control. So we can keep that up. Because that’s, that’s a treatment for it. And you can take over the counter pain mess.
Yeah. So I stay on, like, I stay on my birth control that I’d been on for years. And then at the very end of office, slash first week of September,
I had another episode. I was in my bed, pretty much unable to move
in pain again. And nauseous and not really wanting to eat and go into the bathroom made everything worse. And so I’m like, Well, I’m not going to the emergency room, because I kind of know what it is. I guess I need to schedule an appointment with a specialist because I couldn’t work for like a week and a half. Like I like I laid in bed for four days, I started to feel better again. I got up and I was trying to like, go to therapy before I could go to work. And I got so nauseous and so lightheaded while I was driving, I had to pull over or I would have blacked out. So called a specialist. Um, and she and I was I saw her by the end of September. And she’s like, I think we need to do surgery. I would, I would most likely agree that you have endometriosis. And I’m like that, that that one’s correct was based off, you know, because she did a pelvic exam and everything like that she’s based off your pain based off your symptoms. I think there’s more going on. I want to do exploratory surgery. Okay. I work on a barista salary part time and Okay, cool. Yeah, let’s let’s let’s have surgery and like have to take six weeks off. Sounds great. No, I’m okay. And so I’m thinking and I’m thinking, and she’s like, in the meantime, I want to get another ultrasound so that I can like I personally can see what they saw the emergency room. And she looked at them she agreed, but again, still was like, I think there’s more going on. I want I really want to go in and take a peek. Like that’s the only way to know for sure. Okay, um, it wasn’t yo hesitant. Okay, on this was beginning of October. And then on November 2 2020. My parents drove me to the hospital dropped me off outside of the hospital. I walked in by myself. And I had a exploratory surgery and then was wheeled out to the car to meet my parents. I had nobody legit nobody in the hospital with me. I had the nurses and the doctors was not allowed to have anybody.
Because we’ve got but
yeah. So I went and I had a major surgery
by myself. Yeah,
so, um, surgery came back on. Like they didn’t do a biopsy of my uterus for the unknown just based off the ultrasound they assume I have it, but they found that I had a typical, it typically endometriosis, and by atypical they mean that my endometriosis doesn’t look like endometriosis normally does. So normally, it is red and blotchy or brown and blotchy on the organs that it’s on. Mine was a clear skin like, so whether the tissue was pink, or yellowish, or whatever it was that color. But it was a raised bump. If they when they took it out, and they did a biopsy of it, it had endometriosis. You reasoning, I’m assuming for that, um, I don’t remember talking it over with my doctor, but I probably did is that I had been on Depo, the Depo shots or Depo provera, which is a birth control. I’m on and off since I was like 21, which meant I didn’t get periods, I would still get cramping. And if I was off the Depo my cramps were from hell. And I felt like I had the flu or a cold and I was nauseous and I would leave conventions that I love because I’m a nerd and go home or go back to my room and sleep because I felt like so my symptoms started whenever I was non Depo. Um, I started noticing I’m back in like 2017 2018 is when I started noticing them. But again, I was like, Oh, well, it’s cramps. It’s period pain. It’s whatever. It’s like, no, Curie IDs are not supposed to be painful. They’re not supposed to stop you like cramping, some cramping? Yes. stopping you from doing things you enjoy. Yeah. That is when you go to your doctor, your doctor doesn’t know what’s the what’s going on? You go find another doctor, or you go find a specialist because something is wrong? Um,
well, we didn’t.
We didn’t know that. We don’t talk about that. Nobody online talks about it. You know, so we all just assumed Europeans normal. Like they don’t talk about the movies either. But it’s not normal.
now that I know, I talked about it. I’m also interesting tidbit on since it’s kind of related to the inflammatory disease, other inflammatory diseases.
One of the symptoms is depression.
Oh, oh, hi. I’ve had depression and anxiety since I was like 14 years old. I’m 37. Right? I mean, maybe they’re related. I don’t know, they may not be but it’s just in my research, that’s something that I’ve found. That is possible. Okay, on top of the, like, the pain in the hips, the lower back the stomach, on the abdomen, um, you know, intestinal issues. Like, for me, when when I had those, what it essentially would be was flare ups would be like around when I would have a period, but I didn’t get them because of the double shot. It was just everything was more inflamed and irritated. And so for me,
going into the bathroom was painful. Yeah.
You know, so again, if you’re going to the bathroom, it’s painful. Like, you generally think like, urinary tract infection, bladder infections, something like that. But if they do the culture so that those come back negative Hmm, maybe, maybe something else going on. So it’s not just a woman’s disease, technically, because transgendered men have been found, or like transgendered people have been found to have it, or non binary people have it if you’ve had if you had a uterus were born with one it is possible to have So yeah, that’s also the uterus is still there, it can still be a problem. The tissues that were still there could still be a problem. And hysterectomy does not cure endometriosis. It will cure a no meiosis because it removes the tissue. But because endo can continue to grow in other places and dies. Like you don’t cure it. You just manage the symptoms and you do treatments which is generally surgeries.
Wow, that’s so hot. And having to do that through last year and stuff. I know that your journey is like finding Like if you found a beautiful way to find like the positive and like, Okay, I’m this is depression, this is an actual medical condition because I know this from being you know, having illnesses and things myself that sometimes going from doctor to doctor, there’s this moment where you’re like maybe I’m actually crazy maybe I’m making this up. Yeah, um, but you’ve, you found this beautiful tool to use, and you use it every day and I see you use it every day. And I see even on the days that you’re like, I seriously just want to curl up and hide. I am recovering from surgery, this hurts, I’m miserable. You still showed up every day. You tell us what that is.
Okay, so, um, my showing up is, um, it’s called the GLAAD technique, which I know you’re no stranger to, but maybe our listeners are not aware of it. I got it, actually, two years ago, two years ago. Now, for my current therapist, um, he gave it to me, I found him because the man I was seeing broke up with me and I was really upset. And so over the summer he like we did, we did it a hundreds list. And he’s like, let’s let’s do another research. Essentially, it’s a reframing tool. And it’s from his, it’s from the mindfulness toolbox by Donald waltman. And it is just four things. And though they are easy, like the concepts are easy, it’s not simple. So when I started it two years ago, it was really hard. And it would take me like half an hour or more to try to do it. But the more I’ve done it, even though I was going to surgery, like I would talk, I would pop it out in five minutes or less, because I can do it in a minute. Like I can pop on like, tick tock, and I can hit go on at 62nd thing, and I can do it. And it’s done. So it’s just, it’s a tool, and it’s meant specifically for depression. And it’s meant to help you pay attention to positive little ears don’t like these things, positive aspects of your life, about the things that are going around on around you, you know.
And it’s just,
it’s good for like journaling, like you write it down. Like that’s what my therapist said, This is what I want you to write down, write these four things down every single day for a week, because he was like, What are you doing, like as far as journaling and positivity and doing things? And I’m like, well, because I’ve been doing like personal growth for like, five or six years. Like I write down things. I’m grateful for every day, like I try to write three to five down. He’s like, Well, what do I want you to write down these four things? And I’m like, wait, so I’m writing down like three to five things. I’m grateful for each day, and you want me to have for more crazy man. He was not crazy. He was not crazy. He is very smart. And we get along really well. But it’s it’s reframing. It’s practice. It’s hard in the beginning and it becomes easy, but it’s the first part is actually one thing that you’re grateful for that day. So I could still continue to write three to five things that I was grateful for. And then like it was just but if you’re struggling with three to five, start with one, just do one thing that you’re grateful for. are you grateful for having food? are you grateful for having water? are you grateful for having a roof over your head? Or like did you get to sleep in and like that was like the bottom? Me often it’s like, oh, I have awesome tea. I Oh, the weather was really nice outside like, okay, right now which ring and it kind of sucks. But on Wednesday, it was baby. And it was sunny. And it was gorgeous. Right? Like, so you’re grateful for the weather, you know? Or you got to see you front. you’re grateful for that. Like it’s really it’s not. It doesn’t have to be huge. It doesn’t have to be stupidly ridiculously, like, significant. It just has to be Hey, you know, I’m breathing man. I’m alive. Other people aren’t, you know, or I made it through surgery. I did. I woke up
you know, like, there we go. I woke up from surgery. Cool. Um,
after that, it’s one thing you learned on me something about yourself can be something about somebody else. It can be like a random factoid. My dad is the king of random factoids. Like you put them in a trivia game or like a quiz. or something like that. Like he’s great at it. So, yesterday, I was driving. Okay, so I got a car. What was it? In February of 2019. Right? And it had like, maybe 2030 miles on it, maybe 50. It has like 40,000 miles on it now. Okay. I tried a lot. And let me tell you, I drove less in the last year, because of COVID. Because I didn’t work for six weeks. And then I had surgery. And I didn’t drive for a month. Like I kind of ridiculous. So I spend a lot of time in the car, when I listen to audiobooks because they’re great, or listen to music, or just don’t listen anything but yesterday. So yesterday, for me, it was a realization. So you can say it’s a realization, but is it something you learned? You know, like, if you’re realizing something, especially if it’s about yourself, like it’s something, it’s something you learned yesterday, I realized it I posted about it, and I can’t even think of what it was. But it was just coming. Realizing that I want to do things and like my, my, my digital marketing class, like I really want to do it because I want to change my life, right? I’m sick of not making money. And I’m telling myself, I don’t want to do more of the units because she hasn’t graded anything for me for the last month. So I don’t know, like I grasp the concepts. But that’s stupid. There’s like 150 more lessons. Oh, crap. No, they’re a battery. Okay, good. my battery’s dying, though. So we got to find the charger. But it’s saying like, I could do that still, I could still move forward. Even if I don’t have everything, like even if it’s not right, or something like that.
It’s not necessary. Thanks for function again, because I have to plug my phone in.
means I can’t use the headset. So do you still hear me? Or do I have to mess up stuff? Perfect. Cool. Um, so it’s just realizing that like, I’m stopping myself. And it’s not necessarily a bad thing to take it slowly and to make sure I’m understanding the concepts. But if I want things to change, I need to push myself. And I’m not pushing myself if I’m not continuing on, like continuing with the lessons. So it’s like, it can be things like that, or it can be Oh, um, what was it one time I was like, I was at work. And oh, random, like, some of my co workers like random facts. So you know, the Night’s Watch and Game of Thrones, right? You haven’t watched Game of Thrones? That’s okay. So for the people who have the, the, the, like, the bare skin rugs or the like, the cloaks that they have that are like animal hides their IKEA rugs. Interesting. They’re just IKEA Ross. Like, there you go. There’s something you learned that it’s just random. Or like, you know, how many different numbers of bees there are that exist or when they were endangered and things like it’s just, it’s you’re interacting with the world. If you’re not learning and growing, you’re dying. So it’s just something right and it can be something random you picked up about somebody else. Um, okay, so one of my co workers, like his favorite movie is the greatest showmen or one of my co workers absolutely hates. God, what was it? I absolutely hate wasn’t absolutely hated. But what like what, like I have lots of co workers that love to write. Like, there are two that are working on books. It’s like, that’s awesome. Ya know, like, you’re paying attention. You’re in touch with your world, you know, so there you go. There’s something you learned, right? Um, the second or the third is one thing you accomplish that day.
If you have depression.
Hi, I hear you. It’s getting out of bed. It’s brushing your teeth. It’s taking a shower. It’s drinking your water. You know? Oh, For me, you know, like, hey, it’s paying your bills, or today, I’m doing a podcast, that’s pretty awesome. You know, like, that’s something you accomplished. It’s, it’s, you know, it doesn’t have again, none of these have to be huge. It’s just it’s showing you that there’s something you’re grateful for. You’ve learned something that days, you’re not just a lazy bum, you know, like you’re interacting, you did in fact, accomplish something. Even if you sat there all day and watch TV because you’re depressed. It’s luck. And you don’t go anywhere, and you didn’t brush your hair. Oh, wait, you you got about a bed. And you drink some water? Hell yeah, that’s awesome. You know, like, it’s, it’s, you did something, you know. And, for me, it was always harder because I thought, I come from a family where we, we like, big grand achievements, or like something. Like, it’s always got to be something big. Um, like, my parents were teachers getting A’s and B’s were just it was, that’s what was expected being in National Honor Society, that was expected, like, going to college. That was expected. You know, like, those are like, and society pushes us to think that, like, achievements have to be something grand. But they don’t, especially not if you have depression, you know, or he has PTSD, like, it is simply getting up. hydrating yourself and feeding yourself that it like, those are three huge accomplishments. Yeah, you know, and you don’t realize their accomplishments until you struggle to get out of bed. Or you struggle to be able to, like, just thinking to brush your teeth is too much, you know, it sends you into a spiral on the floor, like, but when that happens, you realize just your basic human needs and starting to fulfill them. Like, they’re huge. And you need to remind yourself, especially when you’re struggling, so like when I had surgery. It was like, I got up and I walked from my bed into the kitchen and back. That’s awesome. You know, like that. That’s huge. You know, in the first you know, few days from you know, her friend from surgery. That’s, that’s a that’s amazing. You know, even if you’re hunched over, even if you’re still in your jammies and you haven’t showered in three days. You got up in your walked. You know, like, it’s great. It Oh, so and then the last one was hardest for me. Because again, it’s like, accomplishments and achievements. They’re supposed to be big. They’re supposed to be grandiose. And now they’re simple. It’s It’s seriously keep it simple, stupid. It’s super simple. You drank enough water, you ate you, you know paid a bill.
You fed your cat.
You clean their litter box. Like it’s it’s simple. So and but the last one was always harder. Um, because one thing that brought you to light today. And when everything sucks, because you’re depressed? Where’s the delight? Where’s the joy? Like, it doesn’t exist? Right? Yeah. I have a hint of little hint. And it’s gonna like you’re going to smack yourself. So what made you smile for what made you laugh? Even if it was only for 10 seconds. So even not like, even on the days after I got dumped, when all like I spent most of praying and in this state. I could look down at my my cats and they would be snuggling together.
there you go. Like that’s your delight. It just even even for 10 seconds. It just it made your heart melt it made you forget that everything was? Yeah, you know. And the more you do that, the more you talk about what you’re grateful for what you learned what you accomplished. What, you know, what brought you to light, what made you smile or laugh even for a second like you Oh, okay.
That makes sense.
And you go Okay, so that is not too shabby. And you write it down. So you see it, and you can go back and you can look at it. And it just like yeah, it’s really hard to do. You just keep keep doing it. And I could do it when I was drugged up from surgery like you know, heavy duty painkillers and here I am and I’m like, oh, I’m in a world of pain. I feel like I got hit by a bus. But my kid tried to come and snuggle me. And even if they stepped on my abdomen, he loves me. Because he did. In the first 24 hours after surgery, he stepped right by one of the stitches. It hurt. I screamed. He didn’t get ahead, too. But like, he loved me. And even though I took me a few minutes, like, by the end of the day, I went, Oh, he made a mistake. And then he just played next to me the rest of the day. He loved me. What did I get was a drink water. I didn’t get out of bed that day. Who cares? I had surgery. You know, like, I’m grateful that my parents brought me water and tea, because that’s all I could consume. I’m grateful that they would poke me when it was time for more meds. What did I learn? Okay, so I didn’t learn anything that day, whatever. Who cares? Like?
I’m sure I did learn something. But like, no, I probably didn’t. It was the day after surgery. Oh,
I did, because I would stop it. Oh, God. Oh, yeah. That whole gas pain traveling up to your shoulder. Yeah, yeah, that that’s, that’s true. You know, like, but again, like, unless you’re doing it all the time. And it’s not something you can stop, like, you can stop and start it. After you’ve done it for a couple of weeks. Like, there have been times in last two years that I don’t do it for like a week. And you can stop and start it then. But if you’re trying to work actively on reframing your brain, you got to make it a habit, you got to do it for like 60 days, or 90 days. And then you notice the difference. I’ve had friends that have done it for like two weeks, and they’re like, Oh, okay. And you know, maybe it’s not because they have depression, but like COVID getting hard. It was hard. So people were doing it. And they’re like, oh, okay, that helps. That helps me feel better, you know, because they’re stopping and you’re stopping and being aware. And when you stop and you’re aware of your surroundings, you’re aware of how you interact with the world. You can find the good. And you’re also training yourself to look for the good as opposed to that. And then oh, magic. There’s more good. Right? Like, yeah.
My thoughts like the mic drop moment, right there as it’s like, as soon as you stop to be aware of what’s around you. Yeah, everything can pivot.
Yeah. And it just smell can be perfect every day. Like, you’re not gonna do a glad for a week and feel better. Like it takes years. But that’s depression. It takes years to find things that work for you. You know, but I don’t know, I think anybody with a occasionally negative mindset can kind of learn from it. Oh, yeah. Because it’s, it’s, it’s a reframing technique. It’s, it’s, you’re stopping you’re thinking you’re being aware. Okay. And doing it before bed. Like he said, you could do it at any point in time in the day. But I think before bed, honestly, is the best time to do it. Because you stop and you think about and you’re thinking about it before bed, and you’re thinking about the good things in the day. And so you’re going to bed with that in your brain, and more likely to wake up with it in your brain. I like that. Yeah.
I love that you’ve used this technique to like go through this last year and, you know, the struggles of last year and kept this positive mindset. That’s probably part of the reason why. Again, like even though healing takes a long time, we were able to do things and move through things and not just stay stagnant in that. Yeah. I’m in recovery. I’m, you know, the press.
Oh, yeah. And I don’t have to live today. Yeah. And I don’t I have in the last since the beginning of COVID. I was okay. But then come September. Since September. I haven’t felt as good as I did. You know, back in in March of 2020, or April, you know, because when we first went into lockdown, it was like, I’m cool. Like, I’ve got my glad. I’m like, relatively speaking like I’m having some days where I feel kind of goofy, but I don’t have to work. So I can go outside and I can exercise and it’s all good. And then you go back into work and you add surgery and all of the chaos that comes with surgery and dealing with insurance and out of network doctors, and it’s been hard. But I can tell you it’s a lot better with this than it would be without. Oh, yeah. Like it just is. I think it’s cool that you’re going to turn it into something that can support others that are going through that. Yeah, I actually created two different handouts for the glad worksheet. One one’s pretty and florally. And one’s just outside nature serene. But I do have them. I can put them in, like the comments for the live. And I’ll be sure to make sure that you have them Jen, so that people can use them because
I don’t know. They’re just, they’re useful.
And some people like having it on paper or on digital, to have a place to track it. Some people like just writing it down. Like I just wrote it down on pieces of paper, but like, I kind of thought having the handout that’s pretty, that has like the little notations of one thing you learned that day. You know, one thing you accomplished, it can just be getting out of bed or taking, you know, drinking of water. Like, hint, it made you smile or made you laugh even for 10 seconds like,
yeah, you know. So I mean, people can use them. They don’t have to use them. I don’t use them. Mitch. So where can people find you speaking of that,
um, find me. You can find me everywhere? Um, no, not everywhere. Um, you can find me on Facebook. You can find me on Instagram. You can find me on tik tok. I know last year during COVID, I did more videos about the blood. But I occasionally every couple months do like a quick video about it. And around my surgery. Instead of typing out my glads I did most of them and on Tick Tock. So they’re on like they’re on Tick Tock and in that, you know, one minute time frame. Because I didn’t want to sit and like I didn’t want to have to sit up to type it. I would sit up long enough to do it on a on a tick tock because then I wouldn’t bother to like try to find a picture for it and post it for him. And then Facebook, which is what I tried to normally do. But I was like, that’s too much work. It’s too much work. I was set up for 60 seconds, find we’ll sit up for two minutes. And I’ll make the tech talk. And we’ll be done. Right. And it was it was done. And you got to see me and all kinds of disheveled and all the rays of jammies and it was fine. Like it worked out, you know, why give people an update? Because people like you wanted to know how I was doing. And so I’m like, if I’m doing even if it’s just 60 seconds every day, they can see me they know I’m okay.
Right. But yeah, so I’ll make sure to get all of your information in the show notes and stuff also, so that everybody can connect with you because that is it’s a it’s an amazing tool. So I know what it’s gonna probably be but if you could just offer if somebody didn’t listen to any of the rest of this interview and just took away that like 60 seconds Tick Tock video, Mic drop moment. What would it be?
Mic drop moment is, um, there’s really awesome mindfulness tool,
and it’s called the glad in it, you write down one thing you’re grateful for that day. One thing you learned can be about yourself or somebody else. random fact one thing you achieved or accomplished sometimes it’s just getting out of bed. Or one thing that brought you to light it was really hard for me. It’s one thing that made you smile or made you laugh, even if it was only for a second.