After feeling a bit low for a while I’ve given myself a bit of a mental kick up the bum. I’m not sure how exactly, but my mentality has gradually started changing over the last week. The darkness has lifted a bit. Quite literally too – I have no doubt the appearance of the sun has helped massively.
I’ve just started to feel a bit more positive and it’s such a lovely feeling.
I think it’s something I’ll need to continually work at though so there are some things I’ve been trying to introduce into week.
I haven’t done any regular exercise in ages. I’ve done the odd yoga class or pilates session at home here and there – and I’d eventually like to be doing yoga a bit more regularly again at some stage. But I haven’t been going to roller derby training since January and I decided last week to give up the ghost. It’s disappointing as I did really enjoy it but my migraines have just made it an impossible sport to take part in. Noisy, bright leisure centres are not a good idea for me and I’m terrified of being knocked about or hitting my head.
In fact, any sport that gets me too hot and sweaty scares me a bit at the moment as I think it’d make my head pound. So I’m focusing more on slowly introducing things that are low intensity – and don’t rely on committing to a set date or time. I hated that if I couldn’t go to a derby training session I was letting others down. So I’m best focusing on solo exercise for now.
So I decided to try swimming. There’s a swimming pool that’s a five minute walk from my house but I’d never been – mainly because I’m so self-conscious in a swimming costume. But I decided to bite the bullet and go along one lunchtime when I was working from home and I actually really enjoyed it! I forgot just how tiring it is though, I needed a little break after every length but at least it’s a start!
I’ve been very experimental with milk alternatives this week. I’ve been drinking almond milk for around six months now, I like the taste of it in my milk and cereal but for some reason it hadn’t crossed my mind to try the unsweetened version. I haven’t had sugar in my tea for about nine years and I avoid adding it to anything – and normally don’t have much of a sweet tooth, although that’s changing a little as I get older – but wow, when I compared it to unsweetened almond milk I realised quite how sweet it is! And of course it can’t be good to have it when there’s a better alternative available so I’ve made the switch.
I also tried oat milk for the first time. It’s chocolate flavoured though, I bought it as a little treat and it’s soooo good! It didn’t last long.
And I also tried coconut milk. I was surprised at the texture, it’s quite thin. But tastes as expected, it’s nice with porridge but I wouldn’t use it in tea.
I’ve also been using it in a detox smoothie as a little pick me up over the last week in the evenings when I get home from work to tide me over before dinner (although admittedly a half portion as a full portion would be too filling – it’s like a meal!). I use a scoop of Rejuva’s Detox vanilla powder and add it to 500ml coconut milk then blend it with an avocado and a medjool date. It’s kinda sweet but savoury at the same time!
If you fancy getting it yourself you can get it from here. It’s gluten-free and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
I’ve also started taking magnesium supplements as I read a deficiency in magnesium can give you migraines. I have no idea if it’ll make any difference, but anything’s worth a shot in my eyes! My migraines are definitely affected by this humid weather we’ve had recently and I can’t do much more than make sure I’m hydrated, eating healthily and sleeping well so I’m doing all I can.
I digress. I’m basically trying to put into my body what I feel it needs. I’ve not been eating ‘clean’ foods every day. Yes I am having detox smoothies but another day I might have a Mexican bean burger and oven chips. I’m eating a little bit of what I fancy and that’s working well for me at the moment.
I’m making a real effort not to let stress get to me. I’ve touched upon this a lot in recent weeks – it’s one of the reasons I was so desperate to get away on holiday and why I’m now trying to use my lunch breaks more productively. Taking breaks, properly relaxing, switching off, being more mindful… they’re all related!
I’m spending a *little* less time online and a little more time outside, or at least doing other things I enjoy. I’m reading books and magazines more and I’ve created a Spotify playlist of calming music. I don’t feel bad about having an early night either, I love sneaking up to bed super early and reading for a bit to tire my eyes out, popping my eye mask on and zonking out.
Let’s hope the sun – metaphorical as well as literal – keeps on shining!
I was given Rejuva’s Detox to review but all opinions are my own.