I have been really run down lately, and have been turning to junk food, sugar and lots of caffeine to try and get through my last few shifts before annual leave. Additionally, I haven’t really been exercising at all. This has all culminated in me feeling exhausted, turning to more junk food to try and boost my energy levels – which has turned into a bit of a vicious cycle.
I’ve also been sick over the weekend, so have been listening to my body and resting. I’ve spent the past few days catching up on sleep and have woken up this morning finally feeling better.
I am at the beginning of four weeks of annual leave (heading to Dallas, Cuba and Mexico next week!!) and that means four weeks of no nightshifts! (I work half days and half nights at my current job.) So, over the next four weeks I plan to firstly, enjoy my trip and all the new experiences these places have to offer and secondly, work on getting back into the swing of things.
I plan to do this by –
- Meditation, affirmations and gratitude – I will continue my daily practise of meditation, affirmation and gratitude every morning. I usually do anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour of meditation, depending on how I feel. Then, I read through positive affirmations, and finally write a list of all I am grateful for. This helps to get my mindset in a positive frame for the day.
- Move my body everyday – this doesn’t have to be a full on, hardcore gym session. I plan to listen to my body, and some days a 20 minute yoga video on YouTube or a walk through the park might be all that I do. As long as I do some movement in the day, and don’t get too caught up in logistics I’m happy!
- Yoga – I plan to try and do yoga every day, there are so many wonderful benefits associated with movement and breath, and there is such a variety of videos on
- Warm lemon water and apple cider vinegar – my favourite way to start my morning, helping to keep me hydrated and kick start my digestion for the day.
- Sleep – catching up on my sleep debt has been my priority these past few weeks. I plan to sleep as much as I can, going to bed early and waking up early.
- Let it go – yes I’ve eaten McDonalds, chocolate, chips, lollies etc over the past few weeks. Am I going to put myself through punishing gym sessions to try and ‘make up’ for it? Definitely not. Although it may seem like everyone on social media has the ‘perfect diet’ and exercises daily, I can assure you that’s not true. It’s so important to remember that social media is a highlight reel, and you should never ever compare yourself to people you see on a screen (or people around you!) Life is all about balance, we are all human and it’s so much more important to enjoy your life and especially your food.
- Re-evaluate goals – do you really want a six pack and a ripped body? Is that really going to change your life? Or is it more important and necessary to love your body, feel confident, healthy, happy and vibrant? Be able to enjoy food and have fun with our friends? Get stronger and fitter, and learn something new while meeting new people and making new friends? Focus on things other than your appearance, and be proud of yourself no matter what.