I wasn’t always health conscious.
Matter of fact, I was health asleep, if there is such a thing. My diet consisted of pizza and chocolate, the only time I moved was when I had to go to the library, and my relationships were a mess.
Going vegan helped a little bit but only for a while because I soon fell into the same pit as before.
But once I discovered my purpose and found what I truly want to become, I started prioritizing my health. Something came over me and pushed me onto this path that I am now on.
I am not as healthy as I would like to be nor am I an expert. Obviously. What I am, is on a recovery journey.
I am recovering from self-hate.
I am recovering from self-loathing.
I am recovering from always putting others before myself.
It is a journey I love being on because for the first time in my life I can say that I am putting myself first. For the first time, I am being my own parent and giving myself everything I always needed.
So here are 5 ways I am prioritizing my health:
- I practice mindfulness to deal with anxiety.
I am dying. We all are. Every second of every day we are closer to the day when we will take our last breath.
Stopping myself every hour to remind myself that I only have this moment, helps me deal with anxious thoughts. I only have this moment, and it is unfolding with every breath I take.
The past doesn’t exist nor does the future.
The resource I recommend is a book called Waking Up by Sam Harris. It is my favourite book in the entire world and it changed my life.
- I move my body in ways that I love.
I love walking. I walk everywhere. It gives me an opportunity to listen to podcasts and get my steps in. Plus, I get to sightsee and observe nature and non-human animals.
My preferred workout, besides walking, is hiking and pilates. They make my body feel strong, loved and satisfied.
- I focus on relationships that help me grow.
My best friends understand me and allow me to grow. They support my dreams and want to see me at my best.
That is why I focus on relationships that make me feel good and shut down those that suppress me. I don’t have many friends but those that I have, I cherish and hold close to my heart.
- I do things that I truly enjoy.
My hobbies include playing chess, hanging out with my sisters and reading good books. There are few things that make me feel joyful but I indulge in them often.
Life is too short to do things that make me feel like shit.
- I stay away from social media and forums.
While I use social media for business and to share my best vegan tips, I only follow those whose content makes me happy.
I refuse to be surrounded by people (in online space) whose posts make me upset and angry.
Slowly, I am starting to feel better. I am beginning to love myself with more passion than every person I ever loved in my life.
Only I can heal me. Only I can love me. Only I can save myself.
I got this.