Monday 31st October 2016
Improving physical and mental well being is a re-occurring theme on here. I had the opportunity to receive the Love Yourself Lean Journal and I thought it fitted in nicely with my blog.
As a child on the cusp of my teen years, I kept a diary. And you could say that this blog is a form of online diary.
But this Journal is a diary
with a difference.
It focuses on Heartfelt Happiness and Harmonious Health.
I’ve never been so conscious of my physical and mental well-being as I have over the past fourteen months.
Since the moment I found out I was pregnant, I’ve had to mentally adapt.
Mentally adapt to:
- the fact my body was going to change and I was more aware than ever what I was eating and drinking
- the fact that there would be the painful labour process at the end of the pregnancy
- the fact I would actually need to have a section instead as the baby was breach
- that I would be responsible for this little person in our lives
- going from a busy high-profile job to a slower pace of life, spending more time at home with a baby
- my post-baby body
- the constant of it all while I’m still on maternity leave. No matter how busy I make myself sometimes there feels like there is no break or no way out. And it feels worse the longer I’ve been off
The whole time – from becoming pregnant, to having the baby and then caring for this small human – it’s a lot to mentally process.
I’ve met people while I’ve been on this journey and it’s brought to light mental health awareness – particular Postnatal Depression.
I know some of my readers have experienced it, or are experiencing tough times in their lives right now.
Sometimes we need
to take a step back.
To shift our focus.
Before you can take care of someone else you need to care of yourself first.
When I heard about the Love Yourself Lean Journal, it resonated so well with where I’m at in my life. It’s come along at the right time.
I know I’m fortunate to have this time off with my baby and I should make the most of it (as I don’t intend on doing it again. I’ve made my contribution to the human race). But my god it’s hard! It becomes mundane. Especially when you don’t feel great when you’ve caught the usual Autumn lurgies.
So this Journal is a great way to pull me into focus.
There’s a section on How To Use The Book, which covers areas like breathing, trust, feelings and reflection to name a few.
This is followed by a Getting Started page that prompts you to take pictures every four weeks for a year. This includes a no make-up selfie – to document the effects that drinking water has on your skin and eyes.
It reigns in to focus on and capture the following moments over a year:
Mental Health #Keenbean
Spiritual Health #Serenebean
Physical Health #Leanbean
Emotional Goals #Dreambean
Eureka Moments #Eurekamoment
You can focus on one of these a day and capture what you are grateful for, as well as a Self Love activity. Although it’s encouraged to post through Instagram as well, you can do it on a private or public facing account. It’s however you feel comfortable.
In the Journal, there’s space to record how many glasses of water you drink, your food diary and how many hours sleep you have (I know – sore subject among the parent sorority).
It takes five minutes out of your day to fill it in. And it does make you more aware of what you’re eating and drinking.
I used to drink so much water when I was at work and now I find I don’t drink half as much. It’s affected my skin and even my lips. The lethargic feeling I put down to being a parent isn’t helped by the lack of water and the upped caffeine intake.
And sometimes I think it’s my own doing. I’ve got into the caffeine habit since Ella was born. While at first it was very much-needed, as the months have gone on (hate talking about this for fear of jinxing it) it’s an area that’s not too bad. So like I say – it’s just become habit.
Plus the coffee and cake get together’s don’t help. (Well, they do at the time. They save our sanity. But on reflection, doing this and not drinking a lot of water I tend to get headaches.)
As many of you know I’m a bit OCD and I can’t start this diary on a random date. So I’ve been doing practice runs over the weekend and I’ll officially start the Journal on 1st November.
However, I’ve drank my two litres of water a day and, despite being full of cold, my skin actually looks fresher and plumper. I know. Weird! But if this is the benefits that I completely took for granted as part of my lovely old working life then hell yeah bring them back!
I did get into a good exercise routine over the summer which I’m going to bring back. This was just a home workout in my make-shift gym (the living room once all the toy crap is shoved away for the night). Last night I forced myself to do my forty-five minute routine.
And do you know what? I instantly felt better working out. My nose wasn’t as blocked while I was doing it and my mood lifted with all those lovely happy exercise endorphin’s.
On the spiritual side of things, suggestions are things like going for a walk, meditating or visiting a new destination to name a few. I’ve been using the Headspace App and doing some meditating that I’ve learnt at Postnatal Yoga.
For the emotional goals, simple things like a cup of tea in peace (I should be so lucky ha!) or rushing to help a friend in need.
The Journal also has a four-week review page. It encourages you to look back over the last twenty-eight days and count how many days you focused on each health area. This will show you areas that you need to focus on for the next four weeks. As someone who also loves stats and analysing figures, again – this is right up my street!
A lot of time, effort and love has gone into making this Journal.
As a super organised person who thrives on routine and structure, I love having this to focus on.
I’m interested to see where this journey will take me. What kind of person I’ll be this time next year and how my mental and physical well-being changes. I’d like to think that I feel a lot more secure and get more satisfaction out of life (by this I mean I have a balance).
So the year is going to be all about getting that balance right. I’ll experience going back to full-time work and juggling this with childcare. It’ll be interesting to see how my mental and emotional goals change.
If you want to improve your overall physical and mental well-being, this Journal is ideal.
Plus a visit off Santa Claus is not too far away so this is a fab pressie.
It could be your resolution – New Year, New You.
Love Missuswolf xxx