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.

Negativity

We have all been exposed to negativity in some point in our lives. Negativity pulls us down to the ground, drags us in the mud, and sometimes scars our thoughts. Negativity is often the main obstruction in my mind.

We can’t avoid negativity, or protect ourselves from negativity. One way or another, negativity always hits us.

But we can deal with the aftermath. We can analyse the evidence of what has disheartened us to uncover the root cause of unhappiness and negativity.

Evaluating an investigation of your emotions can be quite an interesting experience. I’ve found that many of my investigations have resulted in lifechanging outcomes- a decision to simply abandon the cause of negativity.

Why don’t you try investigating your emotions?

People

Why do we need people around us? People can hurt us, upset us, or disappoint us… But let’s not forget that most people do more good than harm to us.

People offer us with new interpretations, to help us widen our own understanding of the world. People comfort us, in times of desperate need. People distract us, when distractions can actually be useful to us.

People provide us with company. Without people, you’d be lonely, and loneliness is the most agonising, exhausting, and draining emotion. Loneliness is trap. Loneliness makes you feel like you’re at the bottom of a dark ditch, alone. But people can rescue you, with their ladder and their light, from the bleakness of loneliness. 

Don’t be afraid to open up to the people around you.

Mindset

Having a mindset is crucial in being successful. Without a mindset, having goals and a purpose is pointless; your mindset is your drive in life. 

What is a mindset? A mindset is defined as being: the established set of attitudes held by someone. What is my mindset? Positivity is at the roots of my mindset.For me, my family, friends and aspirations to be successful keep me positive; thus, they branch out from my mindset. 

Find what makes you happy, and use it as the seed for your mindset.

Experiences

I have had experiences: happy, sad, scary, and motivating. I choose to never forget these experiences, as much as I’d love to abandon many of them, because all of my experiences have had lifechanging impacts on me. 

My experiences have shaped me into the person that I am today. Without my experiences, I wouldn’t have been as wise, as strong, nor as hardworking.

The most poweful experiences are the ones that make you put your own life into perspective, inevitably resulting in you renewing yourself as a person with an aim in life.The most poweful experiences are the ones that tattoo your purpose in the front of your mind.

We all have bad memories, or decisions that we now regret, but don’t waste the experience. Use your experience to get your life in shape, if it hasn’t already made you do so.

Positivity

From time to time, events in your life bring you down like a catapult. Sometimes it’s not just one event, but a collection of events that have layered on top of eachother- the cherry on top only initiates the toppling of the pile.

Times like these can make you feel disconsolate, alone, and unimportant. A life free from negativity is utopic, but we should all still try to remain positive. Sometimes the action of attempting to stay positive alone can make you feel sufficiently uplifted.

Even when things in life go wrong, you just need to keep swimming. If you don’t swim, you won’t get anywhere; but if you do swim, you may find that you are actually getting closer to your goal.

Personal development

Whenever people at school made me sad, or insecure, I took my emotions home with me to dwell on. I spent a lot of my time in pointless missions to gain a sense of social status… Until I consolidated my actions. I realised that social status didn’t get me anywhere, and was never going to. 

From that moment on, I took every negative comment home with me, ditched them in my blazer pocket, shut my blazer away in my wardrobe, and put my full focus on improving myself. I decided that making myself and my family proud would’ve been much more rewarding than impressing unfaithful friends. 

Each day, I went home and worked very hard to improve myself through my education (for better understanding of the world) and my blog (for better practice in sharing my experiences). 

My hard work paid off- I acquired a better understanding of the world, myself, and even smashed my exams! I may have gotten 8 A*’s in my GCSE’s, but each day I go home with the same attitude because this is only the beginning.

Don’t just waste negative comments; use it as a battery for your personal development.

Your contribution

I live in my own bubble; a bubble where all I can see is suffering, despite my efforts to keep morale high. I read the news, watch the television and acknowledge ghost smiles. I feel disconsolate. 

I drown in the disappointment I have for myself and society as a whole on a daily basis. If we were all just a little bit more compassionate and empathetic, half of the problems in this world wouldn’t exist. Instead of taking responsibility for each member of society to tackle our first world problems, we choose to ignore these problems and live in our own little bubbles of oblivion. We give up on our world, before we even attempt to approach the problems in society. 

Last week I registered to become an organ donor, but I still feel disappointed in myself- I am one donor, and I can only help one patient. I cannot help everyone, and this fact deeply saddens me.

It is difficult to make a positive change in the world when you are standing alone, so I ask you, what can you do to positively contribute to the world…. And why are you not doing it now?