Sunday, 13 March 2016

Getting my life back on track


For the past few weeks, I've been in a bit of a funk. I felt like I was getting absolutely nothing done, my dissertation was sitting in the back of my mind, untouched for the past month. I never had any time to myself, I hadn't properly seen and spent time with my flatmates. I felt disgusting, tired and unmotivated to do anything about my lack of university work I had been doing. I couldn't think in the present, only at the prospects for the future, which weren't looking good.

It's strange how things can change in a day. It only takes one morning to wake up and think, "I can do this".

1. Get up early

I have had this habit for years that as soon as I wake up, I switch on my laptop, either searching through social media, watching something on youtube and pretty much just wasting time.

Most days, I now try and get out of bed before 8 and either get ready and go straight into university and work a bit before my lectures, or get up and go to the gym. And I don't miss sitting in bed at all, I don't really gain a huge amount by scrolling through Twitter aimlessly for a few hours. However, Sunday is my day off as the gym doesn't open until 9.30 ;)

2. Healthy Eating

I bought my first avacados the other day... Avacados! (Am I a real blogger now?!). I was overeating a lot on chocolate, sweets an basically anything I could find because I was stressed. I knew it was time to stop that, and I started back on the healthier eating. It's made me feel so much better, I no longer feel gross and I'm feeling good.

3. Gym 

Again, much like healthy eating, I had stopped going to the gym. Doing exercise is proven to help with anxiety, and I hadn't gone for about 3-4 weeks. I made time in my schedule to go on my days off, and I am back to going three times a week which is making me feel so much better.

4. Saying No

One of my problems is that I am so busy. I thrive on the business. It usually keeps my anxiety levels down, but in this case it didn't. I felt as though I didn't have any time by myself and as an introvert, you know that's important. I said no to a few social things, and when I said yes, I made sure that it was because I wanted to, not because I felt like I had to.

5. Thinking in the present

One of the problems was that I was focusing on the future. Like what was going to happen if I didn't get good grades and what if my dissertation was bad. Thinking like this meant I wasn't thinking about the present at all. My CBT Therapist and I talked about mindfulness, thinking about the present. I'm still trying this one out, but I thinking only so far as the day ahead is helping, along with my bullet journal that I started a few days ago.

I hope this positive attitude and motivation continues over the Easter break, where I'll have to get all of my dissertation done, plus some more essays and revision. I'm staying at university for most of it, which sucks a bit, but it has to be done!

What do you do when you're feeling a little low?



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  1. I've been feeling a bit low and unmotivated recently and I couldn't put my finger on why. I think it might be because I'm feeling a bit homesick for England and my family, and everything's got a bit routine for me. I find the best thing is to just take a break for a couple of days and then come back to it all with a better frame of mind! I think I need to start exercising again too!
    Great post though, hope your dissertation and revision goes well!

    Hannah x
    www.hannahemilylane.com

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