As part of Mental Health March I decided to practise a little bit of self-care. I started doing yoga in the mornings as a form on meditation! For a while I’ve wanted to try it out and there’s no time like the present, right?
I started this journey around the end of February. To have the time to do yoga I had to get up bright and early! My regular sleep schedule is 22:00 – 06:00 so jumping to 05:30 wasn’t such a huge leap. Now I spend the first 30 minutes of every morning practising yoga. Before last month I had never properly done yoga. I knew a few moves, such as the world-famous tree pose but beyond that I wasn’t knowledgable. So I decided to take guided yoga sessions.
At the moment I’m doing a 30 Day Challenge with Yoga With Adriene. She is a really good mentor, especially for beginners! If you are considering starting yoga, don’t hesitate! It’s completely free on her YouTube channel.
My experience has been really positive. It’s great to start the day with mindfulness, it sets the whole day up to be good. My emotions have been rational and I’ve started to notice a lift in my mood. I’ve just been more aware of my feelings, therefore dealing with them better.
In terms of physical improvements, I’ve not seen much so far. That’s because I’m only a few weeks in! It does make me feel better though. I think I’m more flexible than before. And by starting the day with exercise, it makes me want to continue being active throughout the day. I’ve been completing the 10,000 step goal more often! It may be down to something else, but I think it’s mainly the yoga.
A lot of people recommend exercising first thing in the morning but every workout regime I’ve tried – I never stuck with. Yoga is cleverly disguised. It feels more like meditation than exercise. So I don’t dread it when I wake up every morning!
Before I forget, I ought to do my yoga for today!
What do you do first thing in the morning? Have you ever tried yoga? How did it go?
The ‘M’ in March Means Mental Health. This month I am sharing with you a series of mental health related posts. There is such a stigma attached to mental health and we all need to realise how disrespectful it is to overlook this issue. In the UK, about 30% of young people have mental health problems. That is a huge number. That’s approximately 1 in 3 people! So, for those of you suffering, I hope these posts gives you some help. And for the other 70%, I hope these posts remind you to be more aware of your own mental health. Caring for your mind is just as important as caring for your body. So please tag along in this journey as we all shares our thoughts together. An overwhelming number of people wanted to help in this cause so I’ll also share with you their perspectives on mental health too!
When I shared the ‘March For Mental Idea’ on my Instagram I had so many positive responses. There were so many people that wanted to help. This post is an accumulation of the responses I received! Hope you find them beneficial!
“Firstly I would say allow yourself to heal, if there is something in your life that is clearly making you sick and you can do something about it, change it. Stop waiting to be happy, its easy to do, simply saying, I can’t wait until… but life’s short so its better to make small changes and live in the moment. Take one day at a time if you can, write a list of the five most important things you need to do in your day, no matter how small they seem and tick them off as you go, anything extra is a bonus. Lastly, remember its a slow process and it may never go away completely but it will get easier with time and before you know it you are doing things you never dreamed you could.” – Pages & Paws (@pages.paws)
Check out her wonderful bookish Instagram! You’ll also find lots of dog photos there too (you don’t want to miss them!)
“The worst part of having a mental illness is people expect you to behave as if you don’t.” – Joker
Why is it that people who are mentally unwell are shunned by our society? Why is it that we become so uncomfortable when people talk about their mental illness? Why do we run away from mentally unwell people simply because we feel that we cannot ‘handle’ their illness? Why is it that people think that mental illness is not a ‘real’ thing?
It is as real as a broken bone, or a swollen hand. It is not a way to gain attention. Of course, there are some people who use mental illness as a way to gain attention without actually being ill, but there are genuine people out there who are drowning in their own minds. And instead of supporting them, instead of understanding them, we tell them to ‘knock it off’ and we shun them. Why?
To the people suffering from mental illness: it’s okay to be unstable. It’s okay to disassociate. It’s okay to hide from the world. It’s okay to need help.
It’s okay not to be okay. Your mental illness is not a personal failure! Please do seek help from a therapist if you need it. They will help you. Do not destroy yourself for fear of the society. One in every three people suffer from mental illness! I know it may feel like it, but you are not alone. Don’t give up on yourself. Your mental illness is just a part of you, do not let it define you. – Adena Andvers
Please read more of Adena’s work via her blog. You can also see her amazing photos on Instagram!
Thank you so much for reading this post. Over the next few weeks there will be more posts like this. Including a collaboration with Jules (Casual & Up Close). It’s been really exciting to work with my followers for such a great cause. Please feel free to speak to me if ever you are suffering. I’ll always be here for you 🙂
Are you having a good day? How are you going to priorities your mental health this month?
This post is one going to be a short one, but I’d like to announce the 30 Day ‘Challenge’ I am hosting with Jules (@casualandupclose). Jules created a wonderful idea wherein you complete one challenge every day to improve your mental health. They are simple things like ‘smile at a stranger on the street’ but hopefully they’ll make a big difference to your day.
With mental health in mind, we are not forcing this upon you. I just thought it would be nice or you to complete a few of the things. Maybe take a screenshot so that’s it a little reminder in your photo album! The whole aim of the series Mental Health March is to take away all the challenges and stress thrust upon us in modern day life.
If you don’t know what Mental Health March is, I’ll explain a little further:
The ‘M’ in March Means Mental Health. This month I am sharing with you a series of mental health related posts. There is such a stigma attached to mental health and we all need to realise how disrespectful it is to overlook this issue. In the UK, about 30% of young people have mental health problems. That is a huge number – approximately 1 in 3 people! So, for those of you suffering, I hope these posts gives you some help. And for the other 70%, I hope these posts remind you to be more aware of your own mental health. Caring for your mind is just as important as caring for your body. So please tag along in this journey as we all share our thoughts together. An overwhelming number of people wanted to help in this cause so I’ll also share their perspectives on mental health too!
How are you really feeling today? What’s on your mind?
Please check out Jules’ blog. She has done an amazing job at helping me think up these ideas and also created the calendar for Mental Health March! I would also recommend you look at her beautiful feed on Instagram.
See daily updates on this challenge via my Instagram page.
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Don’t we all strive to achieve an amazing morning routine? Well, look no further than this post. I used to set myself unrealistic goals for the morning, and fail even before my first day. So many of us have to go to work and school; we don’t have the time to go to the gym and do a study session. Hopefully these tips can set yourself up for a flexible but structured healthy morning. As soon as you start doing these things, there will be an instant improvement in the rest of your day!
It’s really important to include some physical activity in your morning routine. Whether that be a few stretches or a full-on workout, anything to get yourself moving will make the rest of the day feel better. I do walk around the house quite a lot in the morning, and I also stretch a bit when I wake up. Most of us don’t have the time to go for a run, but if you do then make the most of it.
Humans used to always be exposed to the elements, but we don’t get much of that anymore. A breath of fresh air makes you feel so much better. In fact, go outside now and try it! At the weekend I go for walks but on a regular day I don’t have the time. It’s essential you do get a bit of nature in your daily routine; even better if it’s at the start of your day!
Do not skip breakfast! It’s my favourite meal of the day, and according to scientists the most important meal of the day. I am going to share my go-to breakfasts in a post later this month. You might not be hungry as soon as you wake up, so do a small task beforehand. I know a lot of people skip breakfast because they aren’t up soon enough! Wake up half an hour earlier and you’ll be able to sit down and eat (I wouldn’t recommend having an on-the-go breakfast, it’s uncomfortable and bad for you)
None of us have time for a face mask or a bath, but make it you mission to have a wash and dress up nicely. I know a hoodie and leggings is comfy, but it won’t provoke that working mindset. Then at the end of your work you can change! In the UK we have school uniform and it does help to form a divide between school/home. If you work from home, sometimes the line blurrs. Try not to let it!
Just before you head off to work/school, spend a few minutes doing something that makes you smile. It can be a reward for getting all of the other tips done! I like to read while eating my breakfast. You might listen to music while walking to the bus stop. Just a small thing like that can make you feel so much happier! It’s also good for your mental health if you include a bit of ‘me-time’ in your mornings.
Those are all of the tips! Hope you enjoyed reading today’s post, and let me know if you want to see a part two.
When do you wake up in the morning? Or do you wake up in the afternoon?
Don’t feel guilty for taking a break. Some of you say sorry and write a whole post of apology… You really don’t need to! Most breaks from social media benefit a person’s mental health and that’s brilliant. I think we all should be spending less time on technology – especially now brighter season’s are coming (for the northern hemisphere at least). Life is for living, not sitting in your room trying to gain followers. Instead of scheduling breaks, just take them when you need to. In Winter I tend to blog a lot because there’s nothing to do outside! However, when spring comes, I go on walks and enjoy the world around me. You should try it too.
A lot of social media is now filled up with ‘self-care’ and ‘how to be happy’. Though those accounts can bring smiles to people’s faces, nothing feels better than experiencing the warmth of sun on your face. No bubble bath can beat the satisfaction of ticking a task off the to-do list.
Self-love comes in many different forms. Getting things done is more kind to yourself than watching Netflix.
Please do what is right for you. Don’t feel that you have to journal because you have a lot of thoughts on your mind. Just because working out benefits your friend, doesn’t mean it’s going to benefit you. Different things work for different people. These differences make us all unique and, as they say, variety is the spice of life.
I’m not going to apologise that this post is cheesy. I’m not going to let any of you apologise for taking care of yourself.