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Can I be honest here guys? The last half of 2018 I was NOT in a good space mentally and physically. I had surgery in July, that surgery hurt my back and I spent the next couple of months with awful sciatica. I couldn’t work out, it hurt to move, I just laid in bed.
For me, being active makes me happy. In the words of Elle Woods, “Working out gives you endorphins and endorphins make you happy.” I can tell a difference in my mental state when I’m inactive. I get anxious, depressed and feel like I’m in a dark hole. Once the holidays were over and my back was feeling better, I promised myself that I would get back to my old self.
Today I thought I’d share 5 things that have helped me get back on track mentally and physically. (Please note, I am in no way promoting weight loss. I’m simply sharing a few ways to make me feel stronger and healthier.)
- Back in the gym – I take barre and yoga classes at Studio 51st and go 4-5 times a week. Barre is gentle on the joints but is a deep workout. I’ve loved getting back to class and waking up feeling stronger and sore from my workouts!
- Water, water, water – At the end of 2018, I was drinking so much soda. I was feeling bloated, my skin was breaking out and I felt lazy from all the sugar I was drinking. I’ll have the occasional soda with pizza but I’ve switched to water. I can tell a difference with my energy and my skin, but I do hate having to pee a million times a day. A small price to pay I guess!
- Tracking my calories – I’m not trying to lose weight but I am maintaining my current weight. I’ve been using My Fitness Pal and log my calories every day. This keeps me from overeating and I’m more aware of what I’m putting in my body. I also have a friend who keeps me accountable on there so that helps! I also have a strict rule where I don’t eat past 8 p.m. at night.
- Therapy – This is something I haven’t mentioned much but I go to therapy once every two weeks. I’m an anxious person and have been for as long as I can remember. While I love my job, it’s also a profession that’s based on engagement and appearances. A level of perfection is expected as a blogger and sometimes it’s a lot to live up to. I’ve found it so helpful to talk to someone about everything that worries me and have them listen and give me ways to cope. It’s not mentioned enough but mental health is so important!
- Chiropractor – I’m a HUGE fan of the chiropractor. I go once every two weeks right now and hope to move to once a month soon. For me, the chiro is like a visit to the spa. I get popped and put back in place and I love the feeling of relief my body has once things are aligned properly. The chiropractor has been such a help with my migraines and lower back pain!
What do you do for your physical and mental health? Share with me in a comment below!