“Look after yourself”

This phrase (or the equivalent – “Mind yourself”) is said by many on a daily basis. But do we actually take it into consideration? We are all so busy nowadays is there even time to look after yourself? I believe that how you are feeling effects everything you do. Whether it be work, school or doing daily tasks at home. If you feel crap, the task you are doing will suffer as you are not putting in 100% of your effort. It is so important to look after yourself and your Mental Health in order to perform well. So how can you do this? There are so many different things you can do to take care of your Mental Health and I have chosen 5 to talk about today.

1. Get enough sleep

This might sound simple and straight forward but getting the correct amount of sleep can have a huge impact on your body, mentally and physically. The body needs rest to function and so does the mind, so switching off at night is vital for your mental performance. Things that can help you get a good nights sleep include daily exercise, spending less time in front of electronics over an hour before bed, and reducing your caffeine intake.

2. Its ok to say NO

I am very guilty of taking on more than I can handle. If someone asks me to do something I say “Yes, no problem” straight away. This is a nice quality but if it gets you stressed because your work load is bigger than you can manage then its ok to say no! You could even say “let me think about it and get back to you” so at least you have time to think if you can realistically take on the task. If you can, thats great! If not, say NO!

3. Accept who you are

This one has been a life long battle for me and I assume for many others too. So this one doesn’t happen over night. The first step you can take is to stop comparing yourself to others. It sounds easy but we live in a world controlled by the media so we are always surrounded by people being judged (especially on how they look) and that can have a negative effect on how you see yourself. I always think to myself how boring the world would be if we all looked and acted the same. You do you boo. Another thing we all tend to do is think negatively about ourselves. We need to turn it around. Focus on the things you like about yourself and it will have a positive impact on how you see yourself.

4. Forgive yourself

I tend to be awfullyΒ hard on myself. If I make a mistake or don’t do well in something I get into a negative state of mind. I start thinking things like “I’m useless”, “I can’t do anything right” or “why do I even bother trying?”. Its important to forgive yourself, say “its ok” and move on. After all, no one is perfect.

5. Worry less

We all have worries in life and some people worry more than others. But what is important is what you are worrying about and if you can actually change it. I had many sleepless nights worrying about things I couldn’t do a single thing about. Which was a total waste of my time. I like to refer to this as unrealistic worrying. So if you are going to worry about something, make sure its realistic i.e. you can change or do something about it.

There are many more things that could have been added to this list but maybe I’ll talk about them another time.

The most important thing I want you to take from reading this is to think a bit more about looking after your mental health. Even acknowledging the emotions you are feeling is a great start.

Mind yourself,

Lisa x

10 Facts About Me

Since I am still reasonably new on here I thought I would share some facts about myself so you could get to know me a little better.

1. I am a Coeliac

I was diagnosed Coeliac in 2012 even though I have been sick because of it my whole life. Since starting a gluten free diet I have gained weight (3 stone to be exact – so now I am the correct weight according to my BMI), have so much more energy and don’t get ill every time I eat something.

2. I love travelling

One of my favourite things to do is travel. Even if its within my own country. I enjoy seeing different places and what life is like there. I only wish I could travel more than I currently do.

3. I am Irish

Other Irish people will think this is obvious when they meet me but for some reason anyone from outside Ireland doesn’t normally think that I’m Irish. I think its to do with my accent. I mean, I have reddish blonde hair, blue eyes and freckles… I don’t think I could get any more Irish. But just thought I’d clear that up here as I get asked about it a lot.

4. I passed my driving test the first time

Yeah! I am always very proud when anyone asks when I passed my driving test. I still can’t believe I did it first time as I was a bag of nerves before (I got sick in the bathroom at the test centre and the Instructor had to wait outside for me to finish..). I actually enjoy driving but the test just freaked me out.

5. I love ALL animals

I studied Zoology in University so I have a huge love for creatures big and small. I also love watching any kind of shows about animals. I especially love dogs as I have had amazing relationships with many of them over the years. I always feel happy when in the company of a doggy.

6. I have an obsession with stationary

I keep a Bullet Journal myself so I like to have a variety of supplies to use in it. But sometimes I look at it all and realise I have way too much stuff. I can’t let myself go into stationary shops or stationary aisles in shops because I WILL buy something. Fair enough if I need it but most of the time its because I think its pretty.

7. My hair and nails grow super fast

This is a weird one but its true. I suppose its a good thing though as most people are the opposite. I can chop a lot off of my hair and within a couple of months it will have grown back. I also have to cut my nails every week or sometimes twice a week to keep them at the length which I like. This can be annoying as its not worth getting shellac or gel nails as I’ll have a huge section of regrowth after a week.

8. I am afraid of the sea and vomit

Everyone has fears. Mine are the open ocean and vomit. The ocean terrifies me because of the depth and not knowing what exactly is out there. I’m not particularly good with water anyway but I will attempt to get into a swimming pool. The sea however, forget about it. I have a phobia of vomit, I don’t know if that is common. I think its more the sound a person makes while vomiting that gets to me the most. Most of the time I just run away. So don’t even bother asking me to clean it up.

9. I have pretty bad eye sight

Since the age of 6 I have had to wear glasses. It started out that I had to wear them for watching tv and the blackboard in school but now I need to wear them all the time. My left eye is worse and is my “lazy” eye. My prescription at the moment is – 6.00 for my left eye and – 5.50 for my right. So my glasses are fairly chunky. I wear contacts sometimes but prefer glasses.

10. I am big into promoting Positive Mental Health

Suffering from mental health issues myself I have an understanding of what its like. Over the years I have learned how to deal with it and how speaking about it is so important. Thats why I want to promote this and get rid of the stigma attached to it. From personal experience, talking about what you are feeling can do the world of good so don’t be afraid to say whats going on with you. You will feel so much better afterwards, trust me.

So those are 10 facts about me. I hope this has helped you get to know me a little better. If you have any questions for me please ask away. Also feel free to follow me on my social media accounts.

Bye x