Collecting Moments

One of the things I try to do, even when my depression is taking it’s toll,┬áis ‘collect’ moments. I write good parts from my day in my journal, I take photos of moments when out with the munchies or when sitting by the ocean. I capture (at least) one second of video a day and put it into my 1 Second Everyday app.

And, I play around with creating little videos of things we do. I know it’s important to live in the moment and, once I’ve got my photo or video I do, but I have to record these things as my memory has gone from bad to worse in the past year. The only way I know what I have done on a particular day is by going back through my phone’s photos.

I’ve always thought it important to be grateful and stay aware of the good moments of the day and it is even more so right now when it’s more of a struggle to find those happy moments. Looking back at the day, weekend or week is a great way to ground me and remind me that, even when I’m having a bad day there are things that are good – the Munchies laughing together, the sun on your skin on a cold day, whales frolicking …

Collecting these moments are just as important as ‘being’ in them for me right now.

It’s the little things, the little steps that keep me going. One foot in front of the other, one collected moment at a time.

What’s something you do to keep you focused on the better parts of the day?

6 thoughts on “Collecting Moments

  1. I so agree. It’s the daily pics I post on Instagram and the couple of lines I write in my journal each day. I go back through them when the overwhelm of real life and the day job hits. It brings me perspective, gratitude & optimism. I like how you call them “collected memories”…

    1. I love going back through mine, too. It’s so important on the hard days!
      Thanks for popping by

  2. It really is those moments that keep moving you forward in these kind of situations. I love the one second video thing, I’ve never tried it, but it sounds like something really special to look back on.

    When I was struggling more, I used to make lists in my head of good things, good moments, things that were good even if I didn’t feel them right now. Even now it forms a bit of a gratitude practice before I go to sleep. Whatever works, right?

    1. I’m obsessed with the one second videos, I was really bad at keeping it up for ages but this year I haven’t missed a day and it’s a real highlight to watch back at the end of each month and then at the end of the year.
      Absolutely, whatever gets you through xx

  3. So good to know what you are doing. I take my 3 pics each day for my self-made challenges of an Outfit of the Day, a Creative one and something from Nature. There are days that I do not want to do any of them but fortunately I have learned over time, these are the days we must make ourselves do them. Self-talk of encouragement rather than put-downs (which i go to automatically) help me a lot.
    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week’s optional prompt is Share Your Snaps 5. A ‘show off your photos’ post! Denyse

    1. Ohhh, now that you say that it has clicked with me that you’re doing those three challenges! Such a great way to keep yourself creative and looking for those good things.
      It is so important on those down days, I always appreciate when I push myself to do it rather than leave it.
      I’m the same with negative self talk, it has always been my go-to, unfortunately! I’m glad you’re actively encouraging yourself in these moments xx

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