It’s no secret that I have been on a bit of a fitness journey for the last few months. I am delighted with how much better I feel about myself – I look more like the ‘old’ me and I feel fitter and stronger than ever before.
However, we’re currently in the depths of half term and I have four kids to entertain at home as well as all the usual household jobs that still need doing. Somedays I can feel that shouty, hormonal, postpartum mum coming back to haunt me. Small problems seem like massive issues and I get angry at the drop of a hat. I have been thinking about my mental health more and how to improve and protect it.
I make so much effort to stay fit and healthy and yet I let my brain turn into a pile of mush daily. My mental health gets placed at the bottom of the pile and I hope I don’t completely lose it before bedtime. So, with this in mind, it made me think about ways I can be more mindful.
I’ve always quite enjoyed my own company but I am rarely alone these days and it makes me feel quite mentally jumbled. My thoughts are always interrupted by someone or something. To sit in peace and quiet would be a welcome break. Obviously spa days are amazing and a great way to shut off from the world but it could be as simple as sitting in the car and reading.
My blog and my You Tube channel are how I like to express myself creatively. I have always been a bit creative and enjoyed subjects such as art, English and music at school. I don’t have as much time for it as I’d like at the moment and sometimes that frustrates me more than I realise. However, with the smallest children soon starting pre-school and nursery I am hoping I can pour a little more of myself into something I love.
I know it’s a cliché but being outside really does do wonders for your mental health. As the weather has turned a little warmer recently I have been doing some of my runs outside and it’s my favourite part of the day. I can pop my headphones in, I have no-one needing my attention and I can think about everything and anything. When the girls were smaller I used to just enjoy a walk with the pram. However, since they can now talk the hind legs off a donkey and run as fast as Mo Farah it’s not quite the relaxing experience it used to be.