Getting Some Headspace.

When you think of Meditation, what do you think of? Maybe Hippies, Buddhists, or waterfalls and tree roots. In all honesty, Meditation could be related to any of these things, it can be related to anything you want.

downloadRecently I have fallen head over heels in love with meditation. I remember from a young age that my dad would often meditate and I was always eager to give it a try. I struggled many a time to meditate due to a wandering mind; I always believed that if you were thinking whilst trying to meditate then you were doing it wrong but this could not have been further from the truth.

My dad always used to explain to me that meditation is simply resting your mind; painting, walking or even listening to music are just a few activities that could be classed as meditating as they allow your brain to take a break. These days, our brains are constantly stimulated, we are often multitasking – this includes when you are watching a film and checking your phone at the same time – and our brains never get the chance to shut down; I am a strong believer that this is partly the cause for an increase in anxiety and insomnia. It is so important to take time to wind down and this is a lesson that I have learnt the hard way.

I got to a point, as most of you know, where my mental health was at an all time low and although I’m not going to go into detail about this on this post, I do want to point out that one of the biggest battles I faced was the war inside my head every single night. I would lay in bed just internally screaming at my thoughts to shut up and I know that many of you probably experience a very similar situation most nights. I tried so many different things including meditating however, I wasn’t really sure how to successfully shut my brain off and focus my mind; then I found Headspace.

I would just like to state that this post is no way sponsored or an Ad etc. I just really want to recommend an app that helped save my life. As ridiculous as that sounds, there were points when I felt suicidal and meditation, along with many other factors, was one of those things that grounded me and made me feel less like a shell and more like an actual human being.

The app encourages daily meditation, whether it’s ten minutes or half an hour. There are daily meditations as well as some designed to tackle specific issues. All meditations are guided and you can literally pop your headphones in and relax your mind. I choose to mainly meditate in the mornings to set me up for the day, to deal with any anxieties that may be building. Also, one of my favourite little extras in the app is the notifications that you can receive throughout the day which are just a gentle nudge to remind you to be more mindful.

You can download Headspace from the app store and gain access to tons of free guided meditations, why not give it a go?

On that note, I’m off to meditate. Ciao x

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Health & Happiness.

This week I did something that I never thought I would actually do, I only went and joined the bloody gym!

fc2a9607d32b3cbd6bdee811e662aa81So, I’m all for self love etc etc. this is of course extremely important especially in a society where you are expected to fit into certain boxes to be deemed attractive, and I can not stress enough that this whole expectation has not had even the slightest influence on my decision to work out.

As someone who has spent the majority of their life wanting to cry every time I looked in the mirror, someone who was rejected by boys I liked on the basis that I was ‘too ugly’, someone who was bullied throughout what feels like my entire school life, I have always had the strongest feelings of hatred towards my body, as I’m sure many of you have. These feelings have been conjured up by the media and what they portray as ‘beauty’ and only recently have I done a complete one eighty and have embraced my body’s rebellion against society’s expectations.

In the last year or so, I feel like I have reached my ‘final form’ so to speak and I’ve developed a way of dressing that suits my body type, fits into my style and allows me to feel comfortable at any occasion. Corr I sounded like an advertisement for some shaping underwear just then….Anyway, I have learnt to appreciate my curves and learn how to emphasize them in all the right ways. So, why have I joined the gym?

I have joined the gym for a few different reasons, the first one being the most obvious; health. The women in my family who I seem to take after physique-wise, were all quite barrel-like and many of them have experienced health problems due to this. On top of this, I have scoliosis which has been known to worsen when a person gains a significant amount of weight, also I’m just generally REALLY unfit and would like to walk up three flights of stairs without feeling like all the oxygen has been removed from the world.

The second reason I have started working out is for my own happiness. So, I am aware that I will always be a curvy lady and I’m completely, 100% okay with that however, I would really love it if certain parts of my body could be slightly less jelly-like and more toned. I have a huge butt, seriously, and I am actually quite happy with that but it wobbles just a tad too much for my liking.

The third and final reason is for my mental health. Joining the gym has given me an extra hobby and something to do when I’m bored; luckily the gym is just down the road from me and is open 24/7 so I can pop along whenever I fancy. Once I have completed a gym session there is a feeling of achievement and my mind is often a lot more refreshed and clearer. I can not stress enough how great it is for everyone to partake in activities that work towards an end goal, it can be the boost that everyone needs.

Most gyms will offer day passeswhich is what I did as a taster, so if you fancy giving it a go I can not recommend it enough. I often find it hard to get motivated to exercise but I have found that going with a friend can really spur me on and make the whole experience more relaxed and a right giggle.

I’m looking for new routines so let me know if you have any, I would love a bit of variety! Maybe I will also update you all on my progress.

B.Viper