They say a change is as good as a holiday.
Seeing as my mum is island hopping around the sweltering Greek islands for three weeks, I thought – why not embrace my truest self and make a change?
Much better than partying in Mykonos, I can almost guarantee it… almost. Moving past the fact I’m living out my all-time hair fantasy, this isn’t the only change I’ve decided to make recently. If you read my last blog post, Finding Myself at 20, you would have seen that I’m trying to make some positive changes in my life to become a healthier person, both mentally and physically. My simple ‘be kind’ philosophy is part of this milestone, and since I have this wonderful platform on Sincerely, E, I want to share my experiences with you as I have done since I was 12 years old. I’m by no means an “influencer” and my social media posts aren’t life changing or #goals, but that’s the way I like it – real and raw. Not every day of my life is a success and I have my down days, just like every other living and breathing human on this planet. So, if I can share my progress with you and it somewhat inspires you to kick start a new hobby, try something new, or simply just be a reminder to be kind, then my job here is done.
One thing that has really had an impact on my mental health is yoga. I never thought I would be someone to ever say that (no offence to all the yogis out there!), but I am totally loving it. It’s so refreshing to stretch the body in ways you don’t think it’s meant to stretch, but the calming sensation is really peaceful on the mind, and for the entire hour I completely forget everything that’s happening outside of that room. To be honest, I only took an interest in yoga and Pilates because my current YouTube obsession, Sarah’s Day, had a podcast about how much it had impacted her, and I wanted to know what the fuss was about.. #fangirl much (I also pre-ordered her active wear, bought the same snacks she eats and the same protein powder.. weirdo? Me? Never!).
I’m very grateful to have never suffered with mental health or body problems – however, I’m never 100% happy with my body. The difference is, I don’t let it affect my mindset or the way I see myself in the mirror every morning. I’m me – just as you are you – and I’m absolutely okay with that. If I lose weight or gain some muscle, awesome! If not, who cares! In saying so, I have been wanting to be a bit more active lately, and not to necessarily lose weight or to gain muscle, but I just want to move my body and be fit. I make a really hard effort to go to Pilates, yoga and barre attack (this workout class is incredible) every week, plus maybe a little gym session if I’m in the mood for it. Like I said, I’m not a gym junkie and it’s not always my cup of tea. If I don’t want to go, I just don’t – it’s not the end of the world.
I’m also starting to be more mindful of the food I eat, which is a big effort for me. My whole life, people have questioned me about where all my food goes, because I eat like a horse and never gain weight from it (it’s called a fast metabolism, FYI). Sure it’s nice to eat and not worry about it, but that’s the downfall – I eat an insane amount of fast food and unhealthy snacks. So, to counteract this, I’m still eating the same amount as always, but just different foods – instead of getting McDonald’s hash browns on my way to work, I’ll wake up 10 minutes earlier so I can have my granola with banana and berries. When I would usually eat a bag of chips as a morning snack, I’ll eat a protein bar or have a shake instead. It’s simple changes for me, but they’re making the world of difference. I may even write an entire post on this topic (stay tuned).
One last thing that has been really good for me recently is making time to socialise. I used to thrive off being the centre of attention (this makes me laugh out loud), and now, I can’t think of anything worse than being in a room with more than a few people in it. It’s funny how we change in such a short amount of time. But I’ve been making myself see my dear friends, who I absolutely adore, whether it be for a coffee date or just a home visit – friends are so special. And more importantly, friends who support you and make you feel worthy. Making time to see friends and family is one of the things that has pushed me the most to get out of my comfort zone and be loving to those around me.
The point of this article was to flaunt my new hot pink hair-do, but I’m glad I just kept writing as the thoughts flowed. I’ve been posting some of my health progress on social media, but it’s nice to explain the journey I’m on and hopefully encourage others to do the same. Also, I had a major career change this month and, surprise surprise, dropped out of university. I guess some things really don’t change..
Until next time,
P.S. This article is in collaboration with EXYRA. They are responsible for the super sleek and stylish glasses I’m wearing in the photos here. Now, I hate to brag, but my eyesight is spot on – I don’t need glasses. But, these aren’t your ordinary lenses.. Exyra’s eye wear is specifically for blue light protection. Our phones, computers, TV screens, basically every device you have looked at in your life will have a long-term affect on your eyes.. scary, I know! That’s why I’m super in love with these glasses. They relieve you from eye strain, assist with headaches caused by those screens, and can even help with trouble when you sleep caused by the prolonged use blue light technology. To check them out for yourself, visit their website here – I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed! Thank you to Scott and the EXYRA team for partnering with me for this article.