How do I maintain my mental health?
I don’t know about you guys, but for me, keeping my mental health in check requires a routine, and I have to stick to. My routine consists of spiritual and physical exercise (before you ask, no I don't run lol). When I say physical health, I'm referring to eating. I know you want to run after reading that, but please hear me out; I am not here to discuss diet plans or help you to calculate calories. I am talking about eating, at the same time every day if possible.
In the past, whenever I was upset or stressed out, I would forget to eat. I learned the hard way: my eating habits affect my mental health.I had to force myself to eat at times, but after a while having something small, like a banana or some cereal, every morning turned into me eating a real breakfast. I now find myself keeping up with my routine and on track with my eating habits, at least in the morning and at dinner time. I still have some hiccup’s when it comes to lunch, but I'm working on it!
It’s important that we know that we need to take care of our bodies. We only get one! I find it funny how we (yes me included) will take our car to the shop the minute it makes a funny noise, because we are terrified there could be something wrong with it, but we have no time to take care of our bodies. That’s really sad.
My road to recovery has taught me that if I want to be mentally stable, I need to start putting my body first. I work out at home. I hate the gym. You too? Ok great, we are on the same page LOL. My workout consists of 30 minutes of doing whatever I feel like doing at the time every day! Simple, right? I always work on my arms because, yes, I am 43 and... you know. I work my legs at least 3 times per week to keep my knee from giving out on me. I also work on my abs (every time I think about it) for the same reasons as stated above, I am 43!
I have to be careful with what I do. In the past I used workouts, not to stay healthy, but to feed my addictive personality. I over-worked myself. It was a form of self-harm, and the crazy part is, while tearing myself up, I was praised by others. No one called me crazy, they just said I was determined. Another big part (for me, the most important part) of the day is spiritual exercise. This consists of Prayer, Worship, and staying in the word of God. The bible has become (or I have become…. Mhhhhh, not sure which way would be appropriate, but hey, I am a blogger right??? So nothing has to be politically or grammatical correct. This must be the reason why I like being a blogger, or Sharer! Sometimes I get off track.)
The bible has become my therapist, my self-help book, my advisor, my counselor, my companion. And Romans 8:31 tells me every day; what shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us?
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