Mental Health, Weight Loss, and Being Happy

So I took a break for the last little while because I’ve been struggling. Struggling with joy, happiness and loving myself. But I am back with a fight in me.

I’ve touched on it briefly before but I deal with bipolar disorder, and anxiety. Usually I can kick it’s butt but sometimes like everyone I have it kick mine. So my point? I started a side blog. It will track my daily dealings with my mental health, my improvements in physical health and it is pretty much an open journal to what makes me happy and better.

I will absolutely be back on the horse with these postings, but if you want to check in on my journey my blog is https://bepositivelyloved.wordpress.com/

Everyone deserves happiness, sometimes you just have to fight for it.

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Unwind Routine

After a long day of work or school or both, mentally we all need a way to unwind and relax for the night. I have found it essential for my mental health to follow a routine, and no I am not always great at doing it but when I do I feel so much better and sleep so much deeper. So here’s what I do on my perfect unwind:

  1. Declutter. Meaning I wash the dishes or put them in the dishwasher, I put away food or clothes, or just throw out the garbage. Very minimal but just enough to leave me with that productive/clean feeling.
  2. Tea. I am a coffee drinker. But tea at the end of the night (my favourite being peppermint or chamomile) is just a nice way to have something warm without a lot of extra calories or caffeine. It mellows me.
  3. Yoga. I do some very light yoga, some heart opening stretches, and some basic positions like downward dog, child’s pose, and anything that I feel will feel good or be relaxing. I maybe do 5 minutes – just enough.
  4. Faith. I don’t talk about it often but I find a lot of comfort in my faith and definitely if you don’t than you can skip this. But my relationship with God has been a good thing for me. So I will just go on Pinterest or my bible app and find some passages I like or enjoy and write it out in my journal.
  5. Meditation. I will do this right before I sleep, because quite honestly it usually makes me fall asleep. I have a guided meditation app and it has thousands of meditations to choose from and categories too. I usually pick a sleeping themed one, thats about 5-10 minutes and do some deep breathing and visualization. For me it’s the perfect end to the day.

 

What’s on your perfect list?

Just a Reminder

A short note:

Valentine’s day doesn’t define you if you are single, or with a partner, or causal. It’s just a day for love. So love your other, love your friends, love your family and celebrate the good times with whoever you feel like.

You are strong and amazing – definitely love yourself.

Let’s Be Serious For A Minute

I’ve touched on it before – that I’m super passionate about mental health. I love learning and knowing different disorders and how it effects an individual. Today I wanted to touch on Bipolar Disorder and some coping with manic episodes.

A lot of the key things involve prevention, but just like any other illness, episodes are not always preventable no matter how hard you work and how healthy you are. So what do you do when you feel that energy and panic rushing in?

  1. Stop. Realize this is an episode and not you. It can feel like you’re losing it, but you are not you are totally ok. Deep breathes.
  2. Reach out. Let your support team know what’s going on. Whether this be your doctor, your family, your friends, whoever is your support – reach out to them.
  3. Assess. Is this manageable? If you can bring yourself down and ride it out then just hold on, if it is worse then let someone know you need more help

Then the coping begins:

  1. Bubble bath. This instantly brings peace, light a candle or some aroma, make huge bubbles and keep it warm but not too hot. Bring a water bottle beside you too because hydration is huge.
  2. Water. Drink it. The best thing you can do is be good to your body while you’re riding out a high.
  3. Meditation. Ok yes it will be extremely difficult but even 3 minutes of zen will help calm the onset.
  4. Yoga or walking. Really any form of low impact exercise. It helps to sweat it out, but you don’t want to work yourself up.
  5. Writing. Write it out. When mania or hypomania hits it can feel like a wall of a million thoughts hit you at once. Start to write it out, it will not only slow you down but allow for some room to form in your head.
  6. To-do lists. You may feel like doing everything NOW but you are not your most productive or focused. So keep a list of stuff you feeling like you NEED to do and re-assess it at a later point.
  7. Avoid caffeine and simple sugars/carbs. Chamomile tea is amazing. And avoiding the sugars and simple carbs will help your body not to spike in blood sugar making you feel sicker. A great mindless munch for a sweet tooth is almonds. (Maybe some chocolate or yogurt covered too).
  8. Ride it out. If you have been diagnosed for awhile you know this feeling. You know it will pass and its a big wave right now but you can do this, ride it.

In the end, help yourself, and reach out for help from a support group.

Can I Go Minimalist?

I have a lot of stuff. I like my stuff. But lately I’ve been realizing that’s all it is – stuff.

So I’ve taken on a challenge with little research behind me, can I go minimalist?

I’m not talking sell the house, dump the car, and get rid of everything instantly, but can I downsize and live off the essentials? I think I can.

I have a dresser, 2 small closets and 4 baskets of clothes. Some would say that’s too much and I agree since I found a pair of shorts that are 3 sizes too small and from grade school (9 ish years ago). So I’ve started to purge my stuff. I donated 3 garbage bags of clothing and got rid of my 4 baskets. And that’s just the start. I plan to cleanse a little bit every day or so and I plan to blog the process to keep accountability.

So let’s see what I can do.

 

The Work Grind // Can I Just Stay In Bed?

So clearly I have been a little overwhelmed with life. But who of us hasn’t ever reached that point?

Today I have an evening shift – woo! Yes that means I got to sleep in, get my nails done and hang with my dog. Who could ask for more?

Nails I usually keep nude, but went with a grey/purple and am obsessed. Even though they show on camera as a darker purple.

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I’m going to be posting some reviews soon, but will being doing a full face of makeup for work. Sometimes it’s just the kick a girl needs. I purchased a $6 CAD mascara and love it (Revlon). And am still swapping through foundations. Lighter coverage days I use my BB cream from Marcelle, mixed with my Kat Von D lock it foundation. And full coverage days I’m still obsessed with my double-wear foundation from Estée Lauder.

I’m thinking out loud here, but I have a couple “hacks” or my makeup tricks for longer lasting makeup – would you guys be interested in that? Let me know!

Also I am so passionate about mental health and know I previously touched on it in my last post – feelings? We can talk about it here.

Ok guys enough rambling for me, let me know if you’re interested in the above ideas by liking or commenting (I love talking).

What do I say?

What do you say when life gets overwhelming?

Being an adult is hard. Full time work? Hard. Preparing for full time school for a second round? Harder.

So I’m sorry this has been a bit neglected but I wasn’t sure what to say. I love writing and seeing people like my posts or comment but I always like to stay positive. But sometimes a girl has just got to type it out.

I suffer from mental health issues like anxiety and things and on occasion they get the best of my ability to be 100% on the ball. But then again who doesn’t get overwhelmed?

Sometimes for the sake of us we just need to take a step back and breathe.