We all have things we turn to when we’re feeling rubbish, whether that’s listening to music, talking to a friend or doing something we enjoy. So we asked James and Matty what they do Against Living Miserably. They’re quick to tell us what a difference their pets make to their mental wellbeing (as we speak, Matty’s cat is using him as a climbing frame). James says:
“Having a dog really helps. I thought I was quite active before, but some days I wouldn’t leave the house. Now every day I go for a walk with my dog and just sitting with him helps. The act of having something to care about more than myself shuts off my brain a little bit and alleviates a lot of anxiety. There’s something more important than my own thoughts, which stops the negativity creeping in.”
Like lots of our supporters, Matty is a fan of running for his mental wellbeing and when he’s having a bad day, he finds it useful getting outside for his mind. He explains:
“After three years of trying to convince myself mentally to start doing some exercise, I found running. I’ve stuck at it because it’s undeniably good for your brain and there’s something about long distance running that’s really quite profound. Every time I start a run I spend the first bit asking why I started it and telling myself to stop, then I realise if I keep putting one foot in front of the other I can do it.”
Having gone through a lot both as band members and brothers, they’re realising the importance of supporting each other. Now in a good space and back working together, they’re ready to move forward.