For anyone who has struggled with an eating disorder, you know that the body becomes the enemy. You are separate from your body as it betrays you time and time again. It becomes a torturous battleground for the war that is going on in your mind and we abuse it without giving a second thought.
The way we engage with each other is changing, or perhaps it is safe to say that it has changed. Social media and internet use is a large part of western culture and there is no going back. We are bombarded daily by images, posts, and tweets from our social network. We know more about friends’ daily lives than ever before. Is all this information a good thing?
Today is International Self-Care Day, which aims to raise public awareness of the importance of self-care to stay healthy and prevent or delay illness.
Anxiety is widespread among youth today. I believe part of the reason for this to be the pressure to succeed. It’s not enough to just be you. The rush to succeed; the pressure to be good at everything (and the very best at some things) has been taken up by our youth before they have had a chance to even consider what success would mean. The focus of our ambitions is backwards.
I’ve just returned back from a week of holidays and I am happy to say that I am functioning at a very slow pace. I believe it is a good sign to come back to work and struggle to remember your login and passwords when you first arrive at your desk.
It is hard to believe the 2017 Balancing Our Minds community summits have come to a close.
So far in 2017, one of the most positive aspects of my life has been joining a new fitness club at the recommendation of a friend. I hadn’t been particularly physically active since injuring my back earlier in 2016 from running, and the lack of activity was starting to affect my mental wellbeing.
How cool would it be to control the ‘weather’ of our minds – but like the outside weather, it is going to do what it’s going to do. When it comes to our minds, it seems to be just chatter, chatter, and more chatter! And unfortunately for most people, a lot of that chatter can make us feel badly about ourselves. So bad that
A few years ago I got my introduction to mindfulness: an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction course. It’s safe to say it changed my life. It not only gave me practical ways to cope with my anxiety and depression, but it also provided me with a new perspective on life.