Last year, I was stuck in a major rut. 2018 was the year where I dedicated myself wholly to recovery from anorexia. I went to nutritionists, got a meal plan and swore to follow it sincerely every single day.
In the start everything went great. I gained a few pounds (that I very much needed), I gained strength, and was performing better on the golf course.
That same year I went to visit my mom in California. Everything about the meal plan given to me by my nutritionist was forgotten and I began to restrict myself again. My mom, being aware of negative eating patterns, coaxed me to eat better and actually feed myself. However, my recovery was taken to the extremes and I began to binge eat.
I was stuck in a cycle of starving myself for days only to give up in the end and go on a severe binge-eating spree where I would eat and eat and eat until I could barely walk. This continued for a year and on the 20th of July, I finally decided to make some changes to my routine and dedicate myself completely to my health, self care, and self love journey.
What I Learnt So Far
- Be Aware of Your Thoughts
Quite literally. We all have days where we can’t seem to stop thinking about how much we hate certain things about ourselves, or how we can’t seem to find a talent that sets us apart from the rest of our friends, or how we could’ve spent the 4 hours we wasted last night doing an assignment instead of watching Netflix. But hear me out, no matter how much you hate yourself, negative self talk will only bring you down and make your situation worse. Instead, focus on the things you like about yourself, wake up every morning and write down 5 things you’re grateful for. Soon you will start to notice a shift in your mindset. You’ll be more confident, you’ll create to-do lists and actually tick them off at the end of the day.
I have always found that when I keep up with my daily routine and hit the gym every other day, my days seem to be more productive and I’m generally in a better mindset. Studies have also shown that working out improves one’s self-image, social skills, and also reduces symptoms of anxiety. So the next time you’re feeling sluggish – instead of heading to the fridge and chomping down a box of chocolates – head to the gym.
- Water is Your Best Friend
We’re all simply tired of having every single fitness guru tell us the health benefits of water and how we should drink a gallon a day. But they really do have a point. Not only does water boost skin health but it also detoxifies the body and helps burn more calories.
I decided to keep things short for this post. There are so many things I’ve learnt throughout last year. The most important thing to remember when you begin your self-care journey is to take things slowly. Waking up at 6 am on a Monday morning to workout before your classes won’t help unless you wake up early consistently and are dedicated towards your health goals.