Life without Anorexia
My motto is 'Dont let the sadness of your past & the fear of your future ruin the happiness of your present'
My life at the moment is completely different to how it once was. I spent 5 years sick with anorexia nervosia and depression as well as struggling with self harm and overexercising. I spent 2 years in different treatment centres.
And since 2012 i have been declared healthy from my eating disorder.
I have been blogging for 7 years, and my whole journey is written in my posts. I now represent healthy and happiness. I want to show anyone struggling that it is possible to recover, no matter how hard it may seem.
I now blog about recovery, my life, veganism and positivity!
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Monday, September 14, 2015
Allowing yourself to mentally rest
One of the things I am seriously bad and need to learn to be better at is mentally resting. As I am writing this I have a headache and should just be lying down but when I do that I begin thinking that I should be doing something productive. I can't just lie down and rest.... not do something productive. But actually I can and should allow myself to do that. Of course a little contradicting that I keep writing this post, but afterwards I am going to rest.... when creativity and a post idea strikes then I want to write it down.
It's important with mental rest, so that a mental stress and pressure doesn't build up. You don't have to constantly do things. When I am studying this feeling is even worse because no matter how much work and studying I have done I feel like I haven't done enough and I feel that I can't rest because there is always something to be done. But I need to learn that it's ME who pressures myself. ... Because things can wait. The feeling that I can't fully rest and mentally rest is what leads to burn out. It's what makes you feel constantly drained, stressed and tired because you don't get the rest you need. Your mind is always on other things and you feel guilty for resting when you shouldn't. There should be a balance between work and rest. I mean too much rest and no work isn't good either. But if you are like me and feel like you can't rest because you always feel that there is something that needs to be done. Then we need to challenge ourselves to mentally rest. Allow ourselves to disconnect. Turn off telephones and computers. Read, go for a walk with no telephone (if safe), listen to music, listen to a podcast, paint, just lie in bed, take a power nap, have a spa session.... just take time for yourself and not feel pressured. You can't spend every moment doing things, it won't last. Your body and mind need rest. Allow yourself that rest... allow yourself time for yourself without feeling guilty. Do what you have to, then rest ... and even if you haven't gotten everything done, sometimes you need to do it another time and just allow yourself to rest.
And this is super important for myself as well, because my headache has gotten worse... but I felt I had to write the post, when the truth is that it could have been written later. But I couldn't allow myself to rest. .... but now I need to turn off Internet on my phone and allow myself 20 minutes of rest!!!