Category: Spring

Let’s talk about fear, stress and anxiety

A topic that has been on the front of my mind pretty much everyday for the past few months is fear. The reason for this is due to a huge amount of upheaval and change in my life, and my brain is feeling it. I’m not ok, I have had panic attacks, trouble sleeping, and instead of being my usual confident, positive self, iv’e been a negative ball of anxious energy. 

I know that when I live my life in fear of what is coming next I forget about the present. I miss that opportunity to laugh with someone, I miss the gorgeous sunrise, and I miss the everyday miracle of being alive. Its a tough cycle to get out of, I’m still in it. I’m afraid of what will come tomorrow, if I will be good enough, if I will have regrets, or if I will make a difference. Because I so strongly want to make a difference in this world during my life. I want to see a change in the way we deal with healthcare, I want to stand up and be the one to make noise and lead the change. But I can’t do that if I am living in fear. 

So what am I doing about it? Well at the moment I am trying to get through everyday. Uni is the toughest, with assignments coming out my ears, and decisions about where I go next-do I study dietetics, do I wait? And work as well, I have just accepted a fantastic new job which starts next week, and although I am incredibly excited about it, I am also afraid. What if I am not good enough? Then of course there is all the rest-family, friends, money, exercise, health, diet, mental health, spiritual health, goals and finally my car. Its all swirling around in this crazy brain of mine, its terribly hard to get it to stop. 

So if this sounds familiar to you, I urge you to speak up-lets have a conversation about fear, stress and anxiety. Because if you are not ok, you don’t have to deal with it alone. There are so many incredible people in this world, many of which will be feeling the same as you right now. We are brought up to put on a strong face, to pretend we are ok, to not show emotion and to be brave. But it is ok to cry, its ok to feel weak, its ok to not be ok. We are part of this beautiful community of human beings, and I think we need to start acting like a team, supporting and motivating each other to be the best we can. 

So here are my top tips for dealing with fear, anxiety and stress:

1. Breathe

Its simple, but effective. A few weeks ago when I was having a panic attack (It was really scary because I had never had one before) my partner Cam was amazing, he simply told me to breath. It was like my brain had forgotten. And his words guided my to regain control of my breathing, and to allow my brain to be a little clearer. 

2. Exercise

In times of fear and stress going for a walk does wonders. If you don’t have time, its ok, only go for 5 minutes, but the benefits of getting outside in the fresh air, with the grass and the trees will help you to get focused again, and to try to keep cool, calm and collected. If you need to cry, its ok, those trees aren’t going anywhere-and they won’t judge you. 

3. Call a friend

When in doubt, call or catch up with that friend you know will be there for you. Get it all out, talk it through, they will listen, and give you the best honest advice. Sometimes all you need is an ear to listen to your problems. And sometimes, afterwards, they don’t seem so bad. 

4. Let it out

There is no point trying to keep it in. Its too hard, its like air filling a bottle, and the more you try to keep that air in, the more it wants to get out. And if you don’t let it out, it will explode. So cry, scream, break things, stomp around, rip paper, whatever you need to do to physically release the negative, fearful energy. A few plates and cups are worth your mental health. 

5. Pamper

During the last few weeks I have pampered myself more than I have in the past few years. Get your hair done, nails, eyebrows, massage, facial. Tell yourself you are beautiful and strong, and you will get through this. For me this makes me feel like I have it all together, and I know that the better I feel on the outside, the better ill feel on the inside. Treat your body, allow it space and time. YOU ARE A BEAUTIFUL HUMAN. 

6. Nourish

I know when stress, fear and anxiety rise up, its easier just to grab takeout. But seriously, you are not doing yourself any favours by taking the easy option. Instead, put on the slow cooker with a big old stew, curry or soup. That way when you get home from work/uni etc you can easily grab a big, warm, nourishing bowl of goodness. Eat fruit, smoothies, veggies, porridge, yoghurt, and nuts. Don’t go grabbing that packet of biscuits, bar of chocolate or bag of chips. It may ,make you feel better right now, but getting on that road to feeling better comes from the inside. 

7. Rest

Its ok to take a mental health day. You are entitled to sick days, and honestly its just as important to take it for mental health as it is for physical health. Your body will thank you for it, rest, sleep, relax, read a book, walk the dog, go to the beach, watch a movie, binge watch your favourite tv show. And don’t judge yourself for doing so, or feel guilty. This is your body and your mental health. Take control of it, and don’t let anyone make you feel bad. 

8. Write

Sometimes. its helps for me to get it out on paper (or in this case on screen), get that old dusty journal out, and write your heart out. Let out all the thoughts, negative emotions, fears, stresses, anxieties, and anything that has worried you. This is no time for holding back, so be brutally honest with yourself. Allow your self to scribble the pages, fill them up with everything on your mind. Let the pages take you away, and allow you to clear your head from the negative energy, you don’t need to hold onto that stuff. If it helps, once you are done, rip the pages and burn them, physically letting go of the feelings and thoughts. Then, once you are done, write down a purely positive mantra or quote that will take you to a place of clear, positive, beautiful thoughts. 

And most importantly of all, LOVE YOURSELF! You are a beautiful, intelligent, capable human being. 

If you have any tips that have helped you to get through times of fear, anxiety and stress, comment below, you never know who you might be helping. 

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SPRING and other really exciting stuff

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It has been far too long since I have posted anything on The Wellness Plate, and I’m going to put that down to the fact I’ve been almost hibernating over the winter (and of course uni). However, its September the 1st, and that means time for some fresh new stuff, and to come out of hibernation. Of course, my body was telling me I needed to slow down and rest, I just didn’t realise it meant 3 months of rest 🙂 
Through what I have learnt in the past few years, I know that if my body is telling me to slow down-I need to listen. Stress, anxiety and sickness are part of my life as a uni student, and for the sake of my health and mental state its better that I slow down. If your body is giving you signs of breaking, then listen to it. Give it the space and time it needs to rest and recover, and if that means you need to focus on yourself for awhile, then that’s OK. Do what you need to do to be healthy and happy. For me that was taking time out to just relax. It meant reading books in bed all day, taking long walks with friends, eating (lots) of warming hearty food, watching endless movies and entire seasons of my favourite TV shows. And that is OK. 
However, now that I am feeling 100% again, my stress feels balanced, I have my routine back, and uni is well and truly under way for the semester, its time that I get back into writing, because its something I love to do, and if there is even one person that benefits from something I write, then its worth it. So here are 5 ways you can spring-clean your life:

1. De clutter stuff:

One of my favourite things about spring is the de-cluttering process, where it is literally out with the old in with the new. I always feel cleaner after I have cleared out some old junk, its kind of like I’m clearing emotional junk from my soul too. Plus you end up with a gorgeous cleaner home as well (and that’s always a good thing). So grab a few bags, and get sorting. Its such a great feeling giving your old things to charity, there might be someone out there looking for that exact item!

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2. De clutter your body:

Of course, Spring is the best time to detox or update your diet. I always like to go through a 6 week detox with my Naturopath during spring, but if that’s not your cup of tea you could always do a 3 day juice cleanse, or just start some new dietary habits. Things like trying to have veggies at every meal, or increasing your water intake are great simple ways you can clean up your diet. Pure glow cleanse have a great juice cleanse delivery service that is a fantastic way of pushing the reset button on your diet, just make sure you don’t stick to your old ways at the end, so have a new diet plan ready to go after you finish!

3: Plant a food producing garden:

Spring is a great time for heaving out all the weeds from your gardens and replanting plants that are going to produce food. There is something great about growing your own fruit and vegetables, and knowing that you can nourish and feed your body. Its also a great way to teach your kids where food comes from, and that the best kind of foods are ones that you can grow yourself. I planted up my garden this weekend, and I’m so proud of the results. There is a great edible gardening guide over at ABC Gardening

4. Try out new exercises: 

Now that the weather is warmer (Slightly) and there is more light in the morning, why not update your exercise regime (if you have one) and try out a new exercise. Or if you haven’t been doing any exercise over the winter, its a great time to start! And its not all about getting a “bikini body”. Exercise and movement is vital for our health, not to mention can improve your mood. If your exercise routine is a little rusty, why not set-up a walking routine with a friend, once a week go for a big walk, and get coffee after. You are much more likely to walk of there is another person relying on you. Plus you get to chat AND drink coffee! 

5. De clutter your health: 

What I mean by this, is make sure your body is in tip top condition. Go get a check up, make sure your heart is healthy, get your moles checked, get a blood test, get a Chiropractic check-up, go see a Naturopath about your hormones, visit your dentist, get a new diet plan from a Dietitian, sort out your immune system, get a massage, join a Gym, get a Personal Trainer, get some Reiki, try Acupuncture, or just simply be aware of how your body feels and what it needs right now. There is no time like the present to get your health in check, honestly for me my health is one of my top priorities, because without it, I wouldn’t be able to have the wonderful life that I have. Go and get your health sorted today!

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