Getting back on track – REAL TALK
It’s no doubt that all of us at some point go through a bit of a ‘crash’, but with a little bit of perseverance and positive self-talk, we can get through it. This blog post will be based on my personal experience this past week and my tips on how to get yourself feeling fab and back to your good old self!
This past week I haven’t really felt myself, emotionally and physically. My first instinct would always be to feel sorry for myself, eat unhealthy ‘comfort’ food and take rest days from gym. Yes, I do believe that you should always listen to your body and resting is important, but sometimes pushing through that wall can you make you feel SO much better and assist in the improvement of your overall well-being.
This week, I decided to take a different approach. Instead of letting myself feel down in the dumps, I persevered and tried to carry on as best as I possibly could. Without putting myself through unnecessary stress and making myself feel worse than I already did, I carried on with my daily workouts – I just took it slower than usual and if I didn’t feel great, I would take a short rest and carry on. Although I didn’t feel 100%, I knew that ultimately after sweating and getting those endorphins going that I would feel better.
Here are a few tips and tricks I like to adopt when my body and mind aren’t feeling in tip-top shape:
- Self-love is SO important – not only when you aren’t feeling yourself, but every day too. Whenever I catch myself thinking negatively about myself or my body, I urge myself to convert these negative thoughts into positive, loving ones. In this day and age, we are so prone to going on Instagram and comparing our bodies or our hair or the complexion of another’s skin to that of our own and this is NOT okay. We need to learn to love ourselves with every little being within us. I know this is something that is easier said than done, but I always try and make a cognisant note to myself to convert those negative thoughts to positive ones. “No one is you and that is your power”.
- Exercise daily – even if it is a light Pilates class or even just a walk will get those good-feeling endorphins going. Moving your body will leave you feeling energized and revitalized and will also assist in a better nights sleep!
- Workout when it is suitable for you – rather than forcing your body. I find that I train my best in the early morning, as I often feel fatigued and drained after a long day at work. Although, when I am not in a good head space, I find that sleep is key! So, I would rather sleep in a little bit longer in the morning and gym after work. What is important, is moving your body.
- Just as my above point suggests, there is nothing like a good night’s sleep. So, ensure you get enough zzz’s every night to feel rested when you wake up. This is something I am really bad at, but I am working on it!
- Eat foods rich in vitamins and minerals – fill up on veggies, fruit, lean protein & healthy grains, such as quinoa and brown rice. And rather avoid heavy and starchy meals full of salt.
- Drink plenty of water! – it is honestly SO important to keep yourself hydrated throughout the day. I find if I am at an event or busy at work and I don’t drink enough water, my brain feels foggy, I feel lethargic and my whole body just feels a bit strange. I aim to drink between 2.5L – 3L a day.
- Every evening before I go to bed, I drink a ‘concoction’ of calcium / magnesium powder, L-glutamine powder and powered vitamin C. I find that the mixture of calcium and magnesium assists in a better night’s sleep. The various vitamins and L-glutamine also assist in repairing muscle tissue.
- Lastly and something to perhaps practice this week– always be sure to put yourself first. As much as it is difficult for some, it really is so important to take care of your own self, listen to your body and be kind to yourself, in order to be a better person to those around you.
To end this blog off, I have been thinking this past week, ‘why did I start this blog’, maybe I don’t have enough to say’, or ‘people aren’t interested in what I have to say’. But, I just need to remind myself that the whole point of starting my blog, was to do something for myself. ‘I started this blog for ME’ – is what I need to keep reminding myself of.
Until next time – have a WONDERFUL week! 😊