Making changes

At the start of the year I made the decision to make my physical and mental health a priority. I wanted to make a lot of big changes and still do! The main focus I had was to naturally cure my anxiety. If you suffer from anxiety you’ll know what a burden it is. I started the year with a 30 day challenge involving meditation, reducing the amount of caffeine I drank and gratitude journaling. This was a great start to my now healthy lifestyle. However I still have anxiety attacks at least once a month and sometimes for days in a row. So this week I had finally had enough and started to do a lot of research into what changes I can make to finally feel free – healthy and happy! The answers are very straightforward but the point is to actually apply them and not just to talk/write about it. Maybe you are ready to make some changes too? This is my list of helpful changes that I am going to make.

I started looking into foods known to help reduce anxiety: Salmon, blueberries, yogurt, almonds, avocado and chamomile tea. I have added all of these items to our grocery list. For breakfast today I ate a bowl of plain greek yogurt and berries, it was amazing and I felt so full and satisifed afterwards. There are so many vitamins and minerals in food that can boost your mood. For lunches I am going to make a snack platter of carrots, cucumber, humus, nuts and pita chips. Veggies with every meal is a must! Staying hydrated is another!

I have decaf coffee every day and once a week I treat myself to a cup of coffee. Unfortunately, caffeine and anxiety are not a match and I’m going cut out that weekly cup completely… RIP coffee. To be honest, decaf is not that bad… I’ve slowly grown to love it!

This is an easy way to get the blood flowing and start to feel good. I would often come back from work in the afternoon and feel exhausted and I wasn’t able to find the energy to get on the treadmill and run. I’ve since switched it to 6:30am and its been working out perfectly! I have so much energy and leaves me feeling happy and positive. On the weekends Daniel and I love to hike with the dogs, this is such a fun way to exercise!

The dogs have helped me much more than I realized. I take them on a 20 minute walk twice a day in the morning and late afternoon. Even if you don’t have a lot of time during the day, taking a 10 minute stroll outside is a great way to feel more relaxed and mindful.

I tried meditation for the first time in 2017 and ever since I have done it on and off. I feel the most present when I meditate and practice mindfulness. Making time in the morning and at night is so important to feel calm and relaxed. I used two types of guided mediation. The body scan while lying down and positive meditation while sitting. 20 minutes in the morning and 20 minutes at night. There are so many free guided meditations on Youtube and on the podcast app.

I always talk about the 5 minute gratitude journal from Urban Outfitters. This journal has helped me change my mindset to be more positive and to focus on things that really matter. Write down 3 things that you’re grateful for in the morning and 3 things that would make the day great. Then in the evening reflect on what you wrote and write down 3 things that made the day great. After spending some time writing down what makes you happy, you feel so positive and thankful for the little things.

This is a hard one for me. I have the biggest sweet tooth! I think cutting out sugar will always be a struggle but it’s really important for me to try. Daniel is also watching out for me so that helps too. Ask a friend to help keep you accountable.

There is a special feature on the iPhone that allows you to adjust your screen time on certain apps. I like to stay off my phone as long as possible so I use it around 10.30am during my break at work and again for a short period after work. Life is lived offline so don’t waste it ❤

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you have any questions. Hope you have a happy and healthy week!

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