It’s a positive time for me at the minute. I’m going in a nice direction, my health is improving and I’ve had some nice things going on recently. Although New Year is a while off and it’s too early to make some resolutions, I have decided to make some positive changes. Here are some of the changes that I will be making;
To do more things for relaxation like yoga & meditation.
Life can get a bit hectic sometimes and after a busy week there’s nothing I love more than relaxing when I can. In fact, one of my favourite ways to relax is having a bath. It’s indulging, relaxing, good for sore muscles, stress, anxiety & makes you feel like a different person after. As mentioned in one of my blogs before, I suffer from depression & anxiety and I try to make time every week for a bath. It works wonders for relaxing you, clearing your head & just making you feel human again. However, as wonderful as a bath is I’m looking to explore other options for this purpose. I’ve always loved to keep fit by going to the gym, dancing & walking which is excellent for stress and winding down. But I did want to try something more for relaxation purposes, and yoga and meditation are something I have been wanting to do for a while. Yoga is becoming more and more popular with all sorts of people of different ages, professions etc. and the reviews from people and the benefits sound phenomenal. Just some of the benefits are supposed to be things such as health, muscle strength, flexibility, increased bone health, draining of the lymph’s, immunity boosting, upping of your heart rate, lowering of blood pressure & it helps you sleep deeper. Yoga along with meditation is on my hit list.
To not beat myself up over things
For some reason, I’ve always tended to beat myself up over things. Whether that be phoning in sick to work due to sickness or an audition that didn’t go as well as I wanted or something else, I’ve always tented to do this. I’ve got better over the years a lot, but I still notice it sometimes. I’ve just got to shrug things off & be kinder to myself. To be honest I’d rather be one of those people who have a self-critizing streak then be a big head who loves herself. It’s certainly something to work on.
To go more ethical
I work for a cruelty free company called Younique and I also love animals, so I’m going to be making more small changes to make sure that I’m going more ethical in my everyday life. That includes researching where I’m buying my makeup & beauty products from, what I wear & what I eat. Hey, I’m not going to be or claiming to be perfect, but small changes will be good for me & make a difference. It will be a gradual process. I’ve always said that one day I might consider going vegetarian as I love animals so much, (I did try it once a few years ago but failed, lol) as it stands with my current sugar issues (I was diagnosed with diabetes type 2 & reactive hypoglycaemia last year) I don’t feel I’m in a position to be experimenting with that as part of managing my conditions is a mixture of eating certain food types such as protein, a certain amount of carbs, vegetables & sugar when needed. I’ve been told I can reverse both conditions though so maybe when I’m in a better position in the future I can try this. But as it stands now I just want to feed my body & look after myself the best I can.
To switch up my diet
Going on to food I want to really make more of a conscious effort to switch up my diet. This includes getting more adventurous and experimenting with different foods, looking more at what exactly is in the products so I can get more of an idea of what affects me and what doesn’t. People who have reactive hypoglycaemia are all different and what might affect one person might not affect another. I’m learning all the time about what works and what doesn’t and what foods are great for my blood sugar and keeping it fine and dandy for the long run. If a positive was to come out of these conditions, it’s that I’m becoming more aware of what I eat and becoming healthier. Which of course is a huge positive.
Arrange a sleeping pattern
I’ve never been a great sleeper. It stems back to when I was a little girl and my mum says that I was an awful sleeper. I do love a good sleep and regularly take naps which really helps as life can get busy, I get tired from diabetes sometimes & I usually never have enough sleep. After doing a bit of research and speaking to the mental health nurse at the doctors, I’ve found out that various different things such as depression, anxiety, what you eat, meal times, medical conditions & environment can affect your sleep. I’m going to try and go to bed at the same time every night and also earlier and get in to a routine. Sleep is so important for your health and I know it’s something I’ve got to look at and will benefit from in the long run.
Have you got any positive changes that you’d like to/are going to make? I’d love to hear them.
Until next time
Natalie x X