Friday, 8 September 2017

Getting myself back on track: Mental health and becoming a happier person

I have been going through ups and downs lately and Summer was a great time for me to figure out what it is that can be changed to make myself a happier person.
I want to share with you a few things that I started doing and how I changed the way I think about things to help keep myself at peace.
Featured: Mental Health: Eating, Exercise, Meditation, Work and Studying

Mental Health 
Remember that hype about juice cleansing that costed around £300++ for 5 juices for 5 days? Yes I did that once. It made me feel ‘healthy’ for the first two days but when the third day hit, I started feeling light headed. I felt sick, lethargic and always wanted to sleep. I couldn’t go pass Day 3 without eating anything and so I gave in. I know it may sound like I gave up so easily but if I feel like what I am doing is not good for my health and mentality, I will have to drop everything and leave. So that didn’t work for me. 

Now I eat whatever I want - in moderation alongside exercise. (Although I sometimes go a bit overboard with the crisps, cookies and ice-cream) - oops. 

Listen to your body - I went through phases where I went crazy about cheese like halloumi, camembert and all things salami, prosciutto ham, iberian ham. I let myself indulge in these when I want to and don’t restrict myself. If I want dark chocolate I will have it. It is hard for me to eat in moderation but I try not to think about it too much because it only makes me feel guilty and that isn’t good. There is no point in putting yourself in a low mood when you can just enjoy yourself (in moderation) and then (maybe) sweat it out right? What is done is done. So focus on what you will do next :)

Stay hydrated - drink drink drink drink some water!

Exercise and eating goes hand in hand. I feel great after a work out. One time, a gym instructor asked if I was enjoying my run whilst I was running like a pig on the treadmill and I said no I wasn’t but was smiling as I said it. He then said that I am clearly not unhappy because I was able to smile whilst running and asked if I feel better after a work out. I said yes to that. Then i realised that if it makes me feel good then why not do it more often? It’s the start that’s hardest. But once you get in the routine, it will be much easier for you. 

Don't pressure yourself into shedding off the pounds that you 'think' you need to shed. I stopped weighing myself 3 years ago because it made me upset whenever I look at the numbers. It is a negative spiral because instead of worrying and jumping on the treadmill, I do nothing about it. By that I mean I still eat A LOT, 'mindless eating' and do not exercise at all because the numbers were high anyway.  For me, I changed my whole mindset. I am trying to focus on the journey rather than the numbers on the scale. It made me feel a whole lot happierbecause I know that I am focusing on the present and I am doing this to make myself a better person. 

I spend 5-10minutes meditating in the morning and before I go to sleep. I focus on my breathing and try to eliminate all stressors and the things that make me unhappy or anxious. I love meditation because it’s the time where I can spend quality time with myself without having to think about anything or anyone else. Society puts so much pressure on us and I think that you do not always have to hold yourself together all the time. This is the time that you can let go of your feelings. It doesn’t have to be perfect breathing and concentration throughout 10minutes. Let yourself lose, empty that heavy baggage and allow yourself to relax. This is a powerful practice of self love and acceptance and it helps me grow as a person.

“If you are someone who says I don’t have the time, you are the one who needs it.”

Work & Studying
I try to stay one step ahead of the game. When lectures get uploaded, I go through them before the session and I pre-read more often than I used to in 1st year. One because 4th year is much much harder and the only way to survive it is to self study a lot and dedicate your time for it. That is the only way to it. Organisation and planning is also a way to stay on top of things. Trust me, planning and pre-reading will make your life a lot easier and you won't have to stress so much when exam time comes! 

How do you get yourself back on track? Leave a comment down below and have a great weekend! 

1 comment

  1. Absolutely spot on. I hope this finds its way to people who need to read it.