Ever heard of this anywhere? I just recently learned about it from (bit of disclosure here) my counselors that I began to see last year. Today I want to share what I learned about these five areas. As you continue to read, you’ll see and begin to notice how much attention you give to these five areas.
How many of us get the right amount of sleep on a nightly basis? How many of us are even able to sleep, but can’t due to factors such as insomnia? I for one know that if I don’t get enough sleep, the next day I’m either wired up or completely drained. I’m barely able to keep my eyes open. We should be trying to get at least six hours of sleep every night. However, there are a lot of factors that prevent us from doing so. I’m talking about that deep sleep too. I notice that if I sleep with lights on, I don’t get the chance to really rest because though I may be asleep, I’m not in the stage of deep sleep. Therefore, not recharging. If you’re like me, try cutting off the lights, putting your fan on the lowest speed, placing your phone somewhere that’s not close to your bed and see if there’s a difference!
This is something I struggle with A LOT, and even more so because I have Crohn’s Disease. My appetite isn’t effected, don’t get me wrong, but if I don’t eat regularly, I lose weight at the drop of a hat. In the month of January, I had some (still do) financial difficulty, and bills took the priority of eating. So, I was barely eating and ended up losing three pounds to put me at 114. Not good. Anyway, I said all this to say that when I don’t eat, I don’t have much strength or a lot of energy. That goes for anyone. Your body needs food! It affects a PLETHORA of things, including your mood. If you don’t eat, your body will start eating itself to stay alive.
This area, in my opinion, is one of the more important ones out of all five. Meditating and/or praying greatly helps your mood. It gives you a chance to self-reflect, shut out the world for a short time period, and just focus inward, allowing you to listen to your body. This world is absolutely bonkers. We have to take time to disassociate from it and relax. There is an incredible amount of agitating factors in the world that seek to destroy our mental health, so why wouldn’t you want to meditate and/or pray to strengthen your mind against these detrimental things?
Oh, the dreaded E-WORD. Exeerrcissee?!?
Yes! Exercise! Getting up, getting active and getting SWEATY! I’ll admit, that doesn’t sound appealing at ALL (well maybe it does to exercise enthusiasts), HOWEVER. It is necessary if we want to feel good inside and out. It’s weird though, when you exercise, you eventually start to have more energy all together. I don’t know about you, but THAT sounds extremely appealing!
Don’t complain about something if you have no intention to try and fix it. Plain and simple. What good is your complaining going to do, except waste that precious God-given breath of yours? Go complain about not having enough art in your home and then go paint million dollar pieces. At least this way, you’ll relieve some stress, haha. I actually can’t promise that they’ll be million dollar pieces, but hey as long as you believe they are, THEN THEY ARE. Also, complaining takes a lot of effort, and eventually you’ll annoy yourself, even. You’ll just be sitting there about to complain, but suddenly stop and say to yourself, “What the heck, self.” Then you’ll proceed to get up and do something about what you were about to complain.
Now these may vary from other things you’ve seen online, but these are just the things that were shared with me. ❤️