“I get knocked down, but I get up again, you’re never going to keep me down.”
When things aren’t going your way it’s hard. These last few weeks have been hard. I’ve gone through some emotional stuff: I made a super hard decision to leave a job that I love because of a situation that just was getting me down and didn’t seem to be getting better. I’ve had two separate family members with different serious health conditions hospitalised. I myself have been unwell with a cold, a chest infection and conjunctivitis (and part of it all at once- wahoo!). I’ve been dealing with a foot injury that seems to be a medical mystery. I’ve been quite down mentally because I have had so much going on – add on normal life stuff and uni and your girl is a mess!
I’ve been really feeling it with my health and with my fitness. I’ve hardly been to the gym at all recently and my food habits have slipped back into how they used to be – which isn’t good. I’ve definitely been knocked back down, but I’m getting up again – so I want to share with you some of the tips that help me perk up and feel better when I’m not at my best.
(I don’t at all claim to be a mental health expert, these are just things that help me when I’m feeling down. For actual medical advice on mental health PLEASE see a professional – it’s honestly the greatest thing I’ve ever done.)
Go for a walk. I know it’s winter – but there’s jackets for a reason! Whether it’s a long walk to a local beach or simply a short walk to get coffee, walking in the fresh air does wonders for the mood. It’s easy to get caught up in your own head, and getting outside (without music/headphones) allows you to reconnect with the ‘real world’ and feel more in tune. Now that it’s easier I’ve taken to walking to and from work each day – it’s an amazing way to wake up of a morning (especially with these temperatures eep!) and a great way to self-reflect on the day. I understand it’s hard for a lot of people to do this, I’m very blessed, but even a short walk on your lunch break can do amazing things for your wellbeing.
Exercise. Who even am I, my first two tips being about exercise? All I can say is that I’m in a better state after a good workout. Even if you’re as unfit as me (and I’m even worse after my break) it’s so wonderful to put aside everything going on externally for a good sweat session. A huge recommendation from me is to find a local gym who does classes, or perhaps a friend training to be a PT or do a boot camp styled workout – I find it SO much more fulfilling working out in a class environment and I know many others who feel the same way! A good workout can improve your mood tenfold – even if it is only a temporary procrastination tool!
Drink more water. I’m honestly beginning to sound like my dad, but drinking more water, especially during the cooler months, not only does wonders for your health but for your body and soul. It helps to relieve brain fog, suppress appetite (did you know that half the time when you think you’re hungry you’re actually thirsty? Never thought this one was true until I tried drinking a cup of water when I wanted a snack!) and also helps your skin stay healthy – a huge win! It can help kick off the sluggish feeling that you have and improve the mood.
Take a break. I know that this time of year is stressful for a lot of people – uni exams and final assessments are in full swing (I’m stressed!) but putting too much pressure on yourself can work negatively in your favour (I need to take my own advice here!). Schedule regular breaks – whether it’s to step outside, grab a snack, check social media or pat your cat (priorities) it’s important to take regular breaks from things to feel refreshed. It can be so overwhelming trying to juggle everything life throws at you at once – just give yourself a little bit of breathing room.
Treat yo’self. Now this doesn’t have to be retail therapy – although that definitely helps! A face mask, hair mask, eye mask & foot mask are my favourite ways to treat my stressed out skin when I’m in need of a pamper. Feeling good isn’t always about looking good – but sometimes it helps! It’s important to give yourself treats every now and again. If you can’t afford a mask there are SO many DIY recipes online that work – for example honey is an amazing product with antibacterial products that work wonders on the skin, and coconut oil is great at softening hair – two ingredients that are often in the pantry!
If you can afford it – definitely treat yourself with something nice. I tend to buy myself little treats here and there when I’ve got spare money and save them away for when I’m feeling like I need a pick me up. I know I’m materialistic – but sometimes a girl wants to play with a new eyeshadow palette! Something like this allows for two treats in one – a sneaky little haul and then later on a special treat when you need it.
Talk to a friend/family member. Or if you feel like you need it, someone like Lifeline/Headspace/ a trained professional. It’s easy to go from feeling stressed and overwhelmed into something more serious, and a chat or a catch up can work wonders. If you’re feeling like you just don’t want to ‘burden’ people (don’t ever think that!) there are people like Lifeline counsellors and Headspace workers that are there to help you out.
I’m picking myself back up. I’m putting me first when I can. I’m creating my meals for the week of a Sunday afternoon so I have healthy fuel for the week, I’m prioritising exercise and taking breaks when I need to. I know it can be hard sometimes with everything life throws at you – and I know my personal issues absolutely pale in comparison to a lot of the real world issues, as well as a lot of you reading this and your personal issues. Remember I’m always here to chat if need be!
I want to keep my blog a positive and friendly place, somewhere we can just hang out and chat makeup together, but it’s also important to talk about real issues. If you’re ever feeling lonely or stressed or down or just a bit knocked around – or want to chat about makeup, feel free to send me an email at email@example.com – I’m always on my phone and am here for anyone anytime.