Mental Health Awareness Week: What I do to stay well
I have been very open about my struggles with Mental Health in the past. In my latest podcast I talked about how my Mental Health journey lead me to what I do now….yes I help them with weight-
loss, yes I help them with fitness but most importantly I help them to love themselves. Everyday I still have to do the work. I have to make sure I am prioritising me to make sure that I am in the best place possible.
Some days are harder than others. Some days the panic and anxiety rise within me and I have to work hard to keep them under control.
I thought I would share with you the practises I undertake daily to keep me in the best possible mindset, to look after myself both physically and mentally.
In no way am I saying these are the cure….these are just what I and please do ask for help if you are struggling xxx
Prioritise sleep - it is so easy to watch one more episode or scroll for 20 more minutes. But a lack of sleep has a dramatic impact on both your physical and mental health. Adults should be aiming for 7-9 hours per night. Mental Health issues often impact our sleep - falling asleep, staying asleep or even sleeping too much. Getting to the route of the issues you are suffering is obviously key but you can help by taking care of your sleep hygiene.
Journaling - This is something I have been doing for 3 years now. Each morning I take 10-15 minutes to plan and prioritise my day which helps me with anxiety and overwhelm but also I spend time writing about how I feel.
Purposeful Movement - in my line of work training is part of the job - but you don’t need to go into a gym and throw heavy weights around. When I talk about ‘Purposeful Movement’ I mean finding a way of moving your body that makes you feel good. Getting outside and going for a walk is top of my list here. But you could dance in the kitchen, ride your bike or go rollerblading!
Eat great food - when we aren’t feeling great sometimes we lose our appetite and sometimes we want to eat all the food. One of the things I try to focus on is food that is nutritious and that I enjoy. Keeping myself fuelled and not making my body feel sluggish when my head feels exactly the opposite really helps.
Communication - this was a big lesson for me to learn whilst I went through my journey. Learning how to tell people when I wasn’t feeling my best - it felt like a hurdle at times but now, when I have a bad day, I know it makes all the difference when the people I am close to know.
Get some 'you' time - whatever this looks like. A hot bath, 30 minutes of peace reading a book with a cuppa, meditation, yoga, an uninterrupted natter with your friends. You don't need to be on the go all the time.
I know how hard it is to feel like the world doesn’t make sense. I also know I could have felt so much worse. If you need to talk to someone - I am always here #mentalhealthishealth