How can I stay fit, healthy and happy while trying to balance my university studies, social life and this blog? Well I am definitely no expert, but I have learnt a thing or two over the past few years. And this blog has actually helped me to focus on what matters in life. There really is something therapeutic about writing your thoughts onto paper.
Which leads me to my first tip. By the way, I am not a qualified nutritionist, PT or life coach. I am simply someone who has tried lots of different things in life. Anyways, I find that writing down goals and ways to ‘become a better you’ is inspiring. If you are aware of what you want to achieve in life, you will work hard to make sure these goals are met. My number one goal at the moment is to become healthy. To find a positive relationship with food and exercise. I can assure you right now that this hasn’t been easy. I have been very lucky that my mum has an extensive knowledge on food and what I should eat. This has defienelty been helpful moving out of home, as I am aware of what will fuel and nourish my body, rather than make me bloated and feel gross. There are sooo many ways you can make your favourite meals that extra bit more healthy and a lot more delicious. As you are all aware, I have a very strong relationship with stirfry, however, my next favourite thing is zucchini noodles (or zoodles!) with basil pesto or your traditional bolognese sauce. Delish. You should all give it a go and let me know what you think! I am obsessed.
Social media. This lovely thing can be both a positive and negative aspect within life. I am obsessed with Instagram. I just find it to be so inspiring – because I follow the right people. There are a lot of empowering and positive women out there making a difference, simply by using Instagram. This is a pretty big deal at the moment and I couldn’t be happier. I get all my inspiration, motivation and recipe ideas from Instagram. Who would have thought? However, social media can be very toxic and negative. I try super hard to avoid this, which usually works in my favour. I make sure my life is not revolved around my phone and social media. I often leave my phone at home. I just simply don’t need it. I believe this has helped me to create a stronger relationship with myself. You should all try it one day, you might surprise yourself.
I’m sure you have all heard of the blue light that generates from your phone at night? I sure have and I have only just come to realise that using my phone late at night has impacted my sleeping. I am struggling to get to sleep. Restless, usually taking me over an hour to fall asleep. But why? Surely this isn’t to do with my phone? Well.. I have started this new ‘experiment’ where I switch off ALL my technology devices at 9:30pm. Well, I put my phone on do not disturb or aeroplane mode so I can still use my alarm!!! But I have seen a huge difference. Instead of spending my night on my phone, I am drinking a nice hot cup of chamomile tea whilst reading a book or listening to meditation. Yes, I am one of those people, BUT it makes me feel super relaxed and sleepy before bed. So why wouldn’t I want to be one of those people?
And lastly, exercise. My best and worst nightmare. I have recently found a new love of running after suffering from some painful knee injuries. I literally feel like I am the only person in the world when I run. Earphones in and a upbeat playlist and all my worries and thoughts are put on hold for half an hour. Does anyone else feel this when they run? I just love that feeling when you finish exercising. All those endorphins releasing. I simply feel on top of the world. Just like I do every week when I release my new post.
I hope this little insight into my wellbeing routine has given you some tips on how you also can live your best life. I think it also helps to have something to look forward too. This doesn’t have to be a holiday. It can simply be catching up for a coffee with a close friend or the party you are attending on the weekend. Remember to be the best you, you need to stay positive. Find the things in your life that you are proud of. This will motivate you even more.
I would love to hear all your inspiration and ways on how you balance everything in your life and how you stay motivated XXXX