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Keeping it real!

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I was driving into work today and it was a beautiful morning, one where you know it’s going to be a good day! This already helps to frame my positive day!

I use my commute to work to partly think through my oncoming day, just as I use home-time to reflect on what has been.

So this morning I was thinking about mental health.

There’s been a lot of media attention recently on mental health issues, which can only be a good thing. It has a long way to go yet, but it’s a step in the right direction.

I wanted to use myself as an example to hopefully provide some encouragement to others.

Whilst my life previously was quite ‘stable’, lately with life events being a roller coaster, that path has been a bit more wobbly!

This partly has a lot to do with how I mentally cope with life events and process them.

Mentally I will admit with my mum being close to dying and with my dads progressive dementia and illness, it was getting to me.

How was it getting to me?

Periods of Anxiousness, feeling depressed, mental fog, lower energy, aching muscles, as just some of the symptoms.

I try and live a most positive life as possible, minimize negativity, surround myself with positive people and look at things in a positive way.

Sometimes this comes totally naturally and sometimes I have to work on it. More recently I’ve been really struggling, and it’s been an effort.

With social media it’s easy to portray only the positives but I want it to be real and to share the journey.

Actually, it’s getting over the struggles that makes you much stronger and hopefully you can identify with this.

What I wanted to say was, even if you find your life being less than optimal, there are things you can do to help.

Obviously it’s good to talk and share, but Ive found by just changing one thing myself, that it’s had positive effect on other things.

So what one thing have I done to get over the recent hump? And it’s made a huge difference to my overall wellness, both physically and mentally?

Just change my diet. That’s it. One thing.

All I have done is bring back the fasting, that is delaying breakfast and eating my main meal at lunchtime. I’ve also brought up the protein and decreased my overall intake.

This one change has made me have better energy, feel better physically and mentally, improved my sleep and put me right back to not having to work on being positive – it’s just happens.

So my thinking was what one thing could you change right now?

I wonder how it would make you feel?

I’d love you to let me know!

Best wishes

Stuart

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