Mental health begins at physical health

Through the years I have found that my physical health has a significant role in determining my mental health- when I keep fit and healthy, I often feel immensely happier, fulfilled, and optimistic.

In a sense, I feel like being clear from negativity and pure on the inside is a waste if you do not look well on the outside. Keeping my body in shape on the outside helps me to nourish my inner self; it makes me feel like I am fully in control of myself, a feeling that I strongly fear of not having.

There are many things that I do to keep myself physically healthy. Firstly, I have maintained a routine of working out every second day; I do a mixture of strength and endurance exercises, finishing with yoga as a form of stretching. 

Secondly, I am committed to a healthy, balance diet- the kind of diet that doesn’t leave you feeling miserably guilty after each meal. 

Thirdly, I try my best to ensure that I get atleast 8 hours of sleep a day because all-nighters are not worth the headache of colour correcting dark circles and concealing undereye bags. By allowing myself to have my full beauty sleep, I wake up feeling refreshed, allowing myself to be able to function fully throughout the day. 

Finally, I like to spend atleast 5 minutes at the end of my day to just smile as I reflect on all the positive aspects of my day. 

My four steps to physical health are pretty simple, but they work wonders on my state of mind… see for yourself!

Surviving A levels

My jump to A levels wasn’t as smooth as I had expected. I didn’t think it could possibly be as demanding as ab-day or leg-day. I knew that it would be challenging; I knew exactly how challenging it would be, but I convinced myself that I was ready to put my armour on and battle through it. I met with my first defeat within the first day: myself versus English literature.

I thought that I was ready to take on the demands of A levels. I expected to walk in to my lessons, on a bright, early autumnal day, as confident as I was in my GCSE exams- it was raining.

Little did I know that A levels was a whole new game, and I had only started to train for it. Regardless of whether or not you got outstanding GCSE grades, this game isn’t about talent, it’s all about strategy and patience. 

When you start A levels, you aren’t going to know everything. Like myself, you may think that you are only building on existing skills- while this thought is somewhat true, most lessons are crammed with new concepts and new content.

The mass of information that you have to absorb in each lesson is as heavy as the mass of the universe, but it doesn’t have to feel like this. Don’t be so hard on yourself. The key to surviving A levels is in balance and patience.

Don’t stop everything else in your life in an effort to learn an unrealistically great chunk of your course. Balance your time between consistent revision and consolidation and vital leisure time for yourself.

Non-stop studying is not good for you. It’s mentally draining. It’s dangerous. It’s deadly. It’s okay if you don’t understand everything straight away, afterall, you’re still on the first lap of A levels. You just need to keep on swimming.

Success

What does it mean to be successful?

It’s not just about the grades. It’s not just about the memories. It’s not just about the people. Whether good or bad, it’s not just about the experiences. It’s about you.

Being successful is about having an aim or purpose and continuously working towards it. Being successful is about maintaining a focus on your long term goals.

Success involves making each day valuable in achieving your ideal future. Success is a challenge, in a sense that it also involves not letting short term pleasures or downfalls distract you from achieving your aims in life.
Success isn’t a “thing”; it isn’t an end result or product of hard work, whilst hard work is an element of success. Success is a journey– a process of attaining your long term desires.