Let's just say there was a time when 100% of what went into my mouth consisted of ramen and hoagies. I didn't care much about what was in my food—if it made me full, I'm all good.
I pretty much sucked at sports too as a kid, and that discouraged me from doing any kind of physical activity in high school or college. I jogged here and there, but that left me uncomfortable and gasping for air. I was inconsistent, and my goals were very nebulous and vague. I wanted to be healthier but I had no idea what that really meant.
I never had much of a concept for mental health either until about 3 years ago when I started to get anxiety over everything.
It sucked, but things are starting to get better! I'm not writing this to try and teach a lesson or to inspire you. I'm definitely not a model of health either. I'm just listing out some of my experiences and some resources that you can use to get healthier. It took a super long time before I stumbled upon the things that I know and do now, and I'm still learning every day.
Morning Bootup Sesh
Mornings for me are always the lowest point of my day. I just feel lethargic, and I don't have any motivation to do anything. This means I have to put in more effort to do things to get my routine down. Here's my current routine:
- Start eating. Even if I don't feel like eating, I find that it makes me feel less shitty after eating.
- Gratitude journal. Write about the good things that happened yesterday.
- Meditate. I usually just follow Headspace and it's been really helpful to try to stop my initial impulse to just start working on the things that I'm anxious about.
- CARs. This really wakes me up because it gets my heart rate up. Check out what CARs are.
Throughout the day
- Eat more! Sometimes I get so caught up in work or whatever I'm doing that I forget to eat. This has not been as problematic recently, but it was tough getting into the habit. It also helps to track what you eat. I've been doing this for the last two weeks and it helps me see if my protein intake is enough or if I'm eating enough.
- Don't stay in one position for 8 hours straight. I sit in front of a computer the whole day, and it's not helping my posture at all. Stand up, sit down, and change positions every now and then!
Work out. I used to hate working out. It felt Sisyphean and it was, well, hard work. As I got used to it, I started to like how things are just easier to do and that I was able to build muscle. I think it definitely helps me with my anxiety and depression as well.
Sleep. I've been terrible with this, but having enough sleep makes such a huge difference on the quality of my work and my workouts.
This is something that will definitely change over time, but this is my routine right now! See you next time!