Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist, dietician or doctor. I am a human being who has found a better, happier way to live life. I hope to inspire you to do so too.
I can feel myself seep into a dark hole cause my mind becomes super negative. My mood changes. My self talk is horrible. I stay indoors more. I’m usually a carer, but I don’t want to help other people and try to avoid them. I take everything personally and feel attacked. I live in the digital world and scroll social media relentlessly.
My anxiety and depression are heightened. During this dark time it’s a horrible world to live in.
My usual self is full of beans. I love life and all the people surrounding me. I speak the truth and am kind to others.
My mumma always said to ‘treat others like you like to be treated.’ Words I have always tried to live by.
SO HOW DO I SWITCH BACK FROM NEGATIVE TO POSITIVE!?
I highly suggest cutting alcohol out. Alcohol is a depressant. At the time, drinking can be fun, but post drinking you can be taken on an emotional rollercoaster. I found that my excessive drinking was borrowing my happiness from the next day. I stopped drinking two years ago and it was the best decision I have ever made.
I then ensure I meditate. Every. Single. Day. I use Deepak and Oprah’s meditation app.
Meditation can singlehandedly turn your dial from sad to happy. Many people use the excuse, “I don’t have time to meditate.” Just start with your breathing. If you feel anxious, keep your breath consistent and count to six when you inhale and exhale.
Breathing is a form of meditation.
Next on the list is exercise. I ensure I exercise every day. Boxing in my jam. Boxing is not just for fitness, it’s a meditative practice. I walk out of class in a cloud of endorphins. A boxing high as I call it.
I also turn to yoga. As a mum, a lot of the time I practice yoga at home before my babies wake up. Yoga takes you to a place of bliss. It allows deep, dark thoughts to be released. We are pretty damn lucky to have the ability to do yoga in the comforts of our home.
Tara Stiles is my go-to on YouTube.
Practise gratitude. We have all heard this word flung around. Be grateful.
There is a reason why this buzzword is doing the rounds – because it works. Have you ever walked around and admired the beauty that surrounds you; the trees, the sky, nature!?
We are pretty damn lucky to live the lives that we do. Paying gratitude to all the positive aspects in our lives can instantly lift our mood. Friends, family, the fact that we have a roof over our heads, because many don’t.
Pay gratitude to the food you have in the fridge to nourish your soul. We have so much to be thankful for. There are so many nuggets of joy surrounding us if we just opened our eyes to them. Let’s not take them for granted.
I have found writing in a daily gratitude journal and focusing on the positive aspects of life does wonders for my soul.
Then I get out in nature. Reconnect with the land. This could be in the form of a walk. A picnic in the park. A visit to the beach. Do whatever you can to be close to nature’s gift.
I am also a lover of indoor plants. They are my babies. My house is full of them. Being a mum I can’t always get out in nature, so I bring a piece of nature to me.
OUR MOODS CAN AFFECT AND INFECT OTHERS, AND IT’S UP TO US TO DECIDE WHETHER THAT WILL BE IN POSITIVE OR NEGATIVE WAY.
So to recap:
– Switch up your food intake – food is medicine and we underestimate the power it has on our moods. Quit or at least cut back on drinking.
– Meditate – singlehandedly, meditation can change you.
– Exercise in some form every day. Release those happy endorphins to the world.
– Practice gratitude. Concentrate on what you do have, not what you don’t.
– And reconnect with the gift you have been given – nature. It is a true beauty and so good for the soul.
Hope this helps!
Love, light and gratitude,
This piece was originally posted as Breaking Away From The Dark Hole on www.jacinthaakkerman.com, where you can check out more of Jacintha’s writing. You can also follow her on Instagram here and Facebook here.