I want to talk a bit about self-care when you may be feeling low.
When you are feeling depressed you lose the hope and you don’t believe that you are worthy of being taken care off. Things such as showering, putting on clean clothes, eating healthy food, exercising or even brushing your teeth feels like a mission.
If you don’t see a better tomorrow, why would you end up taking care of yourself today?
We give ourselves so much grief on our bad days and this can cause us to sink into a deeper hole of hopelessness.
When you do find yourself in those moments, as difficult as it may be, show yourself love and kindness. Brighter and happier days are just around the corner.
As a foodie, I want to ask you, what behaviours are you looking to normalise?
The diet culture has created a set of conditions that tell us what health is, such as eating certain foods, or eliminating bad foods from or diet and rules that tell us when we can and can’t eat, along with how much food we can eat.
How do we overcome this? The key is to eat normally.
If you want that second breakfast, have it. If you want carbs with every meal, do it. If you want a dessert go for it and if you want a snack before bed, it is okay.
Eat in a way that makes you feel good and without guilt. There is no right way to eat.
You are better than you were yesterday and tomorrow you will be better than you were today.
This statement is always true unless you give up on what you want and throw in the the towel.
A few things that we need to remember though is that, you won’t have new developments everyday or jump right from the bottom to the top straight away, nor will you automatically feel great everyday.
Things that we can do to help us feel better though are rather small. Change a negative thought into something positive, giving your all to the tasks that you have set yourself for the day, whether that is work or in the gym and just generally being present for yourself.
Enjoy the little things because sometimes you will look back and realise they were the big things.
When I was growing up, it wasn’t about the types of clothes we wore, it was about how skinny and how flat your stomach was.
When I think back, it is something that actually sill grates me now.
What we experience shape who we are as people.
The lifestyle above taught me:
Eat less and do tonnes of cardio
Physical health over mental health
You need to look a certain way to fit in.
In reality this isn’t the truth. You don’t need to look or be a certain way.
Confidence isn’t just about your body. It is also about wearing clothes you feel comfortable in, prioritising self-care and eating foods that make you feel good. It isn’t about following trends at the cost of your mental health.
I want to share a few of my favourite things I love doing/ eating at the moment.
Lemon Cheesecake Overnight Oats.
I like to be prepared and breakfast is one of my favourite meals of the day and this is currently my go to breakfast. To make, simpy mix oats, with ½ cup of water, ½ cup of milk, lemon juice, honey and maple syrup. Heat this in the microwave for 1 minute 30 seconds. For the topping, mix greek yoghurt and maple syrup. Spread this over the oats. Add two slices of lemon on the top and also some desiccated coconut around the side. Put this in the fridge overnight.
Daily Walks in the park.
With the sun shining, nothing beats taking a walk in the park, looking at the plants/ flowers and clearing your head.
Investing in my personal development and learning how to be mindful and calm during times of stress is so important when it comes to taking care of my mental health.
Telling myself daily affirmations
I am enough
I am loved
I am strong
I am cared for
Just reminding yourself of positive thoughts has a great impact on your mental wellbeing.
What things do you love doing at the moment that have a positive impact on your wellbeing?
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As someone who works and has their own business, it does feel as though life can get a bit much but I have to remember a few things:
I choose to exercise 4 times a week.
I chose to walk and do my steps throughout the day to avoid pain.
I choose to drink my 2litres of water.
I choose to practice being mindful.
I choose to prioritise my health and wellbeing because if I feel good inside, it will show on the outside.
I am not perfect and there are some weeks where I am slower or I choose to workout twice a week, but having these boundaries in place set me up to be the best and most successful version of myself and you can do this too, anything is possible when you put in the work.