In my Art of Getting Comfortable, I went in depth about my mental health and overall wellbeing declining at the beginning of the year. I’ve experienced these phases more than once in life but now they are getting harder because I am getting older and with adulthood I have more and more obligations which combined with my bad mental health episodes make me feel like I am suffocating.
February has been the month in which I started to get my shit together and it was exhausting and it still kind of is. There is not a switch you can flip to make yourself feel better but I am doing better one step at a time.
Since I talk about my issues online, I decided to share how I try to overcome them.
My first step is getting up early. I know it sounds like a nightmare to some, but it’s crucial for me. Sleeping too much or spending my morning just being in bed literally causes headaches and laziness for me. I like to have a lazy morning in the terms of getting up, doing my morning skincare and chilling with a cup of coffee and youtube videos or a show I watch but being awake in bed just being there – NO! And it’s exactly what I do when I am feeling down so I had to start getting up early.
Even though I am a morning person, it wasn’t easy to force myself to get up. I use the “put the phone on the other side of the room” trick and it works because it forces me to get up. My willpower is tested when I have to decide whether I want to go back to bed when I turn off the alarm or if I proceed to making my bed, opening a window to let fresh air in etc. For now, I’ve successfully stayed away from my bed after I woke up.
In my previously mentioned post, I also talked about eating a lot of unhealthy food and gaining weight. I noticed in that short period of time that my body was changing and not in a positive way. As you might concluded already, the next step is having a better diet. I went to the store, got a bunch of food and forced myself to cook it. This was really beneficial for me because as I already told you I am Cooking my boredom away during these times.
The better food policy goes hand in hand with working out. I started with some easier 30 minute workouts daily and slowly upgraded by doing more intensive workouts or using weights.
All of this sounds wonderful, but things are never wonderful when you are trying to get yourself back on track. I would fall back into my old habits sometimes but instead of just giving up on getting better, I would think about why it had happened. I try to understand the problem instead of calling myself a loser and getting back to the comfort of sleeping, eating, working and Netflix.
I think that I realized I was getting better when I started publishing poems again. My inspiration was slowly coming back as I was coming back to myself.
I still have a long way to go but at least I started.
Let me know down in the comments how do you cope with such issues, do you have some advices or steps of your own?
Sending love and positive vibes,