theUPSIDE to Sarah’s Day


Hey everyone, my name is Sarah Gallagher. I am delighted to tell people about the upside to my week. This is an amazing opportunity for me as well as many others to think about the goodness in the world and to treasure it. I know for me I am extremely busy with 3 paid jobs and two volunteer jobs that sometimes I don’t get time to reflect and even if I do it would usually be on the negatives because I would always try to address these.

While saying that, this blog has thought me about the importance of reflecting on good things that happen on a day to day basis. It helps make every other day that bit easier.  It’s important to think and reflect on the upside of your day because it nurtures our mental well being. I am now going to give my upside.


Last week I honestly felt the world was against me. I am 25 years old and I am in a management position. It is very challenging but at the same time a tremendous opportunity for me that I am grateful for. Work was extremely stressful, everything at home wasn’t particularly great and the workload I had to take home for the week was challenging. I felt completely overwhelmed and panicked. It was then my dad’s 12 year anniversary while also thinking it is my brother’s 6 year anniversary the following week. Everything seemed really doom and gloom. Until now I would have said it was one of the worst weeks for me in a very long time. However, on Saturday I went to see my friends in town who were booking a holiday. Afterwards we went spontaneously to Soho where I got to have my favourite nachos. We all chatted about our week, whether it was good, bad or indifferent. This meal in soho was the upside to my week. It really helped me. Seeing my friends, taking a break from the stresses of work even if it was only for 2 hours and merely laughing about the experiences we now have as grown adults was so helpful. Seeing my friends brought a smile to my face for those two hours and they honestly made me feel a lot more relaxed.

Thanks to Jennifer for allowing me the opportunity to reflect on something positive and share it with ye all, it has honestly lifted my spirits by writing this piece.

Sarah x

Keep smiling everyone, we’ll all get there!



About thinktheupside

TheUPSIDE was set up to help spread awareness of mental health issues and to help people see theUPSIDE in their day. I want as much user generated content as possible to help people see they are not alone in daily struggles. I want to encourage and motivate people to see the positive in their lives and discover their smile again.
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