Getting to Know Yourself (And Your Mental Health)

Immy May mental health

Bit of an odd title, but summin’ I fancied chatting about today, so here I am. Hair up, fat cuppa coffee, dreaming of an almond croissant but ya can’t have everything can ya? or maybe I can? Tis’ Monday after all. BRB whilst I run to the nearest Pret >:)

Getting to know yourself and learning what really makes you tick takes a little while. Realising what ya like and what ya definitely don’t like happens over time, and at the ripe ole age of 24, I have got pretty familiar with my noggin’.

Over the past five years or so, I feel like I have pushed myself, tip toed outside my comfort zone and tested out what my limits are.

I have been honest with myself and accepted that actually, although I feel pretty happy most of the time, I am a rather anxious soul and have been since I was a nipper, I just didn’t perhaps realise it!

Since tackling bouts of anxiety have become a little more prominent, things have started to become clear. It is much more obvious to notice what really makes me tick, the seemingly insignificant bits and bobs that end up making this gal feel a bit of a hot (anxious) mess.

Immy May mental health

Both you and I know that taking care of your mental health is V important. Giving your mind some TLC is just as necessary as necking a pint of berocca when you feel a cold coming on.

There are just a few of the tings I have learn’t over the years. Moments of anxiety / ‘orrible panic attacks have become pretty rare these days, so fingers ‘n’ toes crossed I have cracked it. Everyone is totally different, but I wanted to share these bits with ya anyways. These are five of the key tings that make a mahoosive difference to how I feel day to day. Let’s get to it!

1.

LEARN HOW TO SAY NO

okok so I do love to be a ‘yes’ gal. I hate that feeling of FOMO, so I do all I can to be all over the shop so I don’t miss anything. It’s almost as if I feel like I’m failing if I’m not jam packed every week. Nu uhhh sista, ya need a break.

Leaving the house at 7AM and returning at 10PM each day never did anyone any good. I have learnt that I desperately need time to mull over my days, pop down to the gym, catch up with the boyf and cook a proper dinner. When I don’t do this, my brain goes into overdrive. I guess it is fairly obvious, isn’t it?

Recently I have started to politely decline a few things, I have vowed to myself to allow at least three evenings at home each week. It makes the world of difference.

Immy May mental health

2.

SET YOUR ALARM EARLY

Getting enough kip is obvs one of the main keys to keeping yourself in check. But so is getting that booty outta bed in the morning. Go to bed at a reasonable hour, and set your alarm for 15 mins earlier than usual. Nothing too drastic, just a little more time to wake up properly.

It is SO nice to have time to relax whilst drinking your morning cuppa T, make a nice breaky and generally take your time rather than starting the day in a fluster.

3.

ACCEPT HOW YOU FEEL

For some reason, my anxiety peaks in the summertime. Weird ey? Not sure why, ‘coz summer tends to be pretty great for mental health, with pesky things like SAD creeping in around autumn as the days become shorter.

I can’t quite put my finger on why this is, but I reckon it may be due to less cosy ‘hygge’ time? Or feeling FOMO if you aren’t out lapping up the sunshine? I’m not too sure, but it’s just the way I feel innit. And sometimes you gotta just go with it. Prioritise the things that make you feel most content, like baking or pampering or watching Aladdin. (or all three).

4.

EXERCISE

So this one is pretty obvious, but the one I have seen the most difference. When I was training for my 10K and getting down on my mat to do a yoga sesh almost erry day, I felt like a glittery, shiny version of myself. I was full of energy, motivation and aaaal the good vibes. But once I had completed my race and my weeks became super busy, exercise fell off the radar and I felt a HUGE difference.

Endorphins are magic, and even just a 30 min run or a bit of yoga gives me such a boost. As part of my ‘learning to say no’ thing, I have prioritised the gym, yoga classes and running. I 100% recommend signing up for some sort of run if ya need a lil kick in the bum to get moving. It gives you a goal and it feels AMAZING when you cross that finish line (all ma top tips for a 10k are here if you fancy a read).

5.

SPEND TIME WITH YOUR NEAREST AND DEAREST

This year, one of my goals was to make sure I spend more time with the people closest to me. To arrange sleepovers with the gal pals, visit home more and make an extra effort to see my family. Leaving my phone at the bottom of my bag and chinwaggin’, chuckling and soaking up company from my favourite people is a perfect remedy. I always come away feeling uplifted and energised.

Next time you ain’t feeling 100%, holla at ya loved ones, they will always be there for ya. <3

Immy May mental health

What do you do to give your brain a lil bit of TLC?

Snaps by the wonderful Fifi Newbery (my legs have only just stopped itching from that grass hehe)

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OH P.S: The absolute babes at Blogosphere Magazine have popped me in their top ten for the #InTheSpotlight feature. It would mean the world to me if ya could pop over and give me a lil love! >:) Have a read over here.

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  • I love this post. Informative but still positive :)

    Jaynie Shannon | Beauty & Lifestyle

    xx

    • Thank you so much Jaynie! Always love writing posts like this, it is always good to get the conversation started when it comes to mental health too :) Immy x

  • Greta post! Im still learning the art of saying no – and it is sooo important!

    • Thank you so much Kay :) I know, me too! I am gradually getting there, but I have been pretty useless at it recently. I always feel guilty, but it makes such a difference to how I feel. Immy x

  • I totally loved this post Immy! I can get SO overwhelmed if I don’t have enough ‘me’ time but then struggle when theres not as much on.. I guess its just finding the balance! xxx

    http://www.natalieleanne.com

    • Thank you so much Natalie! You are so right, I am exactly the same – I feel like I can’t win sometimes! I just need maybe a few things, but spaced over the week! Hope your Monday is going well lovely. Immy x

  • Courtney Hardy

    These are some good points. I need to start implementing these things into my life.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com/

    • Thank you so much Courtney! They will make such a difference I am sure, I need to get better at them myself! Immy x

  • These are some great points, hun! I definitely need to get back into exercising, I’ve been feeling super groggy lately and I’m sure that would help to perk me up! :)

    hannatalks

    • Thank you so much Hannah! Me too, I have taken my gym kit to work so fingers crossed it will give me that extra motivation to get there this evening! I know that a lil gym sesh with 100% make me feel much better! Immy x

  • Waking up early has really changed my life. I feel much more productive and satisfied with my day. Lovely photos x

    http://www.whatisrawrote.com

  • Laura Torninoja

    Yes to all of these – especially exercise! I’ve been SO bad at doing anything lately, and I’ve really noticed the difference. I need to get back on the yoga train ASAP – it takes such a little chunk of my time but the results are so big!

    Also, congratulations on being featured by Blogosphere – that’s amazing! Fingers crossed you get in the top 3 too – I “voted” for you! :)

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • Yes yes me too! I didn’t even realise it at the time, makes a huuuuge difference. Off to the gym tonight even though all I wanna do is finish my chocolate digestives and drink tea! Thank you Laura, and thank you so much for “voting” haha! Fingers crossed, would mean the world :) Immy x

  • I have just stumbled across your blog and absolutely love it! Great post and gorgeous snaps x

    Tiffany Tales | Lifestyle & Beauty

    • oOoo haaai Tiffany :) So glad you came across mi blog! Thank you so much lovely lady. Will have a gander at yours too <3 Immy x

  • Stacey Hancock

    Good post well done! It is really important to look after your mental health and some people forget this. It is also important to find out what makes you tick so you can avoid certain things and what to go for. Keep up the good work

    yourhappylife101.blogspot.com

  • Hayley Rubery

    LOVED this post lady – some amazing tips on caring for your mental health! I’ve also adopted the say no method more! I used to cram so much into my days and say yes to everything but now I’ve realised that it’s not important or productive to say yes to everything. Spending time with loved ones is the best way that I look after myself – it’s always so nice to laugh and just catch up with the girls or watch a film with Ben!

    Hayley xo
    http://www.frockmeimfamous.com

  • Diana Maria

    This was such a wonderful post! At 24, I feel the same- like I’ve finally found the things I truly love and am working towards them. I have trouble saying no, but that’s such an important part of doing things for yourself! These photos were gorgeous by the way, I love your dress! Have a lovely day xx

    Sending light & love your way,
    My Lovelier Days