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Self improvements…

As January comes towards a close I thought I’d keep you abreast of my wellness focus and self improvement, for 2020. 

For as many years as I can remember, my exercise and diet has been purely focused on both losing body fat and gaining muscle. 

That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but I feel, more-so as I get older, it’s imperative to focus more on staying healthy and my longevity.

One massive thing, (for me anyway) is that I have sort the help of a counsellor to improve my mental status.

As a stereotypical man, I think I always thought, ‘I don’t need it’, and ‘I can sort it myself out’.

I will tell anybody that has procrastinated, or has thought it’s not for them, to just go ahead and do it. 

I think the combination of both parents dying in a short space of time and all the complications of both parents having long term illnesses prior, finally took its toll.  

As a direct consequence of counselling my mental health has made a huge improvement. 

Obviously it’s something that needs to be worked on continually, but I feel in a much better headspace. 

I think one big thing counselling has done is helped me to understand myself, my actions and realising the normality of it all. 

It became apparent that I was in need for a mindfulness focus and taking more time out for myself. 

I’ve seen some local courses, all of which appear to be one evening for 8 weeks in structure. 

Of course, one of the best ways to get a true picture of health is a blood test. 

I’ve done a full spectrum tests before but they are very expensive. 

I have found a simpler, ‘thriva’ branded test where you fill in an online questionnaire, and from the results they suggest the most salient markers.  

They send you out a pack, you do your own blood prick test, send it in the supplied vials and await the report.  

Regarding my knee which is really impacting on my overall activity, I’ve gone through a local  GP had an x Ray, got the results and had a referral to a specialist. 

They say that I’m beyond physiotherapy, so it looks like a operation beckons. 

If I can get back full function it’ll be well worth it. 

Until next week, 

Best wishes 

Stuart 

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