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.
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!
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.
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.
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).
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).
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
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)
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.