All of a sudden it’s Thursday night. It’s been such a long week and you’ve been pretty good at hitting the gym, keeping up with work and eating relatively clean. In a blink of an eye it’s Sunday morning and you just realized you drank 3 nights in a row, consumed about 20 000 calories in the process and have to get to class/work on Monday and have absolutely no idea how your’e going to do it/where you’re going to find the energy. Cue the Sunday scaries.
In one way or another, we have all felt that horrible anxiety of needing to get your life back on track, and the regret that sinks in as you think “Why do I still do this to myself.” As common as this is I figured I’d write a little post on how I attempt to get back on track. Whether you’ve been away on vacation, or it’s just been one of those weeks where you do NOT have the energy, try your best to apply these steps and let the universe do the rest of the work.
TIP #1 BE NICE TO YOURSELF.
This is a lot easier said than done, although it may seem completely obvious this is probably the one thing we forget to do, especially when you feel like everything in the world is against you. All that negative self talk is not going to help the situation at all, it is just going to make it worse. Keep in mind that this happens to EVERYBODY. Nobody is “perfect” – not even close. What even is perfection, it’s not even a real thing. You can’t go back in time so accept it, let it go and move on. You only have one body, EVER. So treat it well, and talk to her nicely for god’s sake she’s sensitive.
TIP #2 REMEMBER YOU WILL NEVER BE “ON” 24/7.
No I don’t mean turned on weirdo. I mean you will never be able to workout 7 days a week, eat 100% clean 100% of the time, drink only water, ace every class and every test, get 8 hours of sleep, keep a good relationship with friends, family, boyfriend whoever, you will never be able to do all of these things ALL the time. I mean, you can try but you will be absolutely miserable. You can choose one, two, three, however many of these things to work on at the same time. Whatever works for you. Stop being so hard on yourself, we all have to let loose once in a while, as long as you’re not hurting anyone (including yourself) during the process. It’s all about ~balance~.
TIP #3 STAY OFF SOCIAL MEDIA.
I get it, there’s nothing better than laying in bed after a night out watching the snaps and insta stories of who was with who and where people ended up. But when you find yourself mindlessly scrolling through social media when you already feel like shit about yourself , it will make everything so much worse. The last thing you want to do is accidentally come across all those hot models working out on a beach in Bali while eating their acai bowls and avocados after you just ate an entire medium pizza to yourself. Just don’t.
TIP #4 GET OUTSIDE.
This may seem absolutely impossible at times but fresh air is nature’s medicine. Get some lulu’s on and go for a walk, don’t even take headphones. At first you may feel like a psychopath but take in how gorgeous outside is! Seems simple but this is actually one of the most effective tips out there. Science can back me up on this one. Not only does it help with anxiety, depression AND inflammation but also it just feels pretty damn good + it can help you regain your focus and get back into the swing of things.
TIP #5 WRITE ABOUT HOW YOU FEEL.
Hear me out. Obviously your feeling out of it and your mind is going in a million directions (or zero) but taking out a pen and paper and just writing down how you feel can make such a big difference to your mental clarity. You don’t have to let anyone read it, but putting pen to paper gets all of the mumbo jumbo out of your head – it’s almost like giving your mind a clean slate to work with. Once you have this info out in the open, you’ll also remember the way it made you feel, which may help you out next time you feel yourself headin off the rails.
Overall the main thing to do is realize this shitty state of mind is not permanent. Nothing ever is. We’ve all been there at one point or another, and we will be there again countless times. As long as you’re making choices that aren’t hurting anyone else and staying mindful of of your actions, you do you and love every minute of it.