Being Grateful For (My/) The Eating Disorder?!

Background story

In elementary school at around age 12, I had problems with classmates and I never really fit in. I was simply different than the majority.

I love video games (and Manga & Anime in the past) and have a foible for Japanese culture since I was a kid.

Therefore, I often hid my interests because I was too afraid of being judged.

I tried to fit in & haven’t listened to my intuition (I didn’t know what this even is at that time).

The first time I felt fat was around age 14…And my grades dropped – my self-confidence was non-existent.

Even though I changed schools in grade 9 I carried traumas from the past with me and the wounds were deeper.

I thought being skinny would solve my problems…

 To make the long story short

After hitting rock bottom at age 18 I have learned so much about how our body works.

Without my eating disorder:

  • I hadn’t chosen the path of self-love

  • Wouldn’t have discovered spirituality & the Law of Attraction

  • Wouldn’t be where I am now and the person with all the experience, I gained over the years

  • And so much more…

If you haven’t, listen to the full topic on my newest episode and don’t forget to leave a 5* review!

LISTEN TO THE GOODIE HERE:
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Dating & Eating Disorders

At age 16 before [the spiral went down][1], I avoided relationships at all costs. I’ve heard the drama of my friends all the time, yet I was the one who they asked for advice.

I didn’t want to get dependent on someone and lose my freedom. I sure had some experiences with guys but nothing serious.

When I was trapped in anorexia, I lost all interest romantic relationships, dating, sex etc.

I was too busy destroying myself and wasn’t good or enough at all. And asked myself “who could ever like (someone like) me?”.

You see, I had non-existent self-confidence.

After being one year in recovery from my eating disorder and done with the first year of my apprenticeship training for a few months I met my first boyfriend or better said the first guy I trusted and ever showed my body.

I experienced the feeling of being in love for the first time, and from this moment on ED thoughts came up again.

I must stay skinny and perfect & be the perfect girlfriend, so no one could be in competition with me.

Everything about me needed to be perfect.

More or less, I barely made more progress and I eventually relapsed to stay skinny aka maintaining an unhealthy weight for my body.

But the butterflies in my stomach overlayed the feeling of weakness and being controlled by the demons in my head.

You see being in a state like this can be dangerous. Feeling happy but also lost at the same time.

In the first 2 years, he supported me & made sure I eat and said he’d love me no matter what size (tell this someone who measured her worth from her weight/body since years).

I was 21 around that time.

We were together for almost 4 years, yet in the present I know he sort of manipulated be.

I made myself completely dependent on him. So, he knew he could play with my feelings and use my weaknesses for his benefits. I often cried and took every fault on me?

He often went to parties, also with my friends because they got along well together while I stayed at home playing video games or taking care of his cat.

I didn’t see how toxic this relationship became and only realize this now being single.

Found out he cheated on me multiple times, but I always focused on the positive sides (good to use the law of attraction, hehe)

Now I’m here catching up what I’ve missed the last years. Living in another city on my own. But also set me under too much pressure which caused some lapses in the ED.

Where I’m currently recovering from & focusing on my dreams and goals. If you’re interested in a monthly recovery update, please let me know!

I don’t want you to experience something similar. Especially if you’re suffering from eating disorders too.

So, today I wanna share 4 tips if you’re dating someone but also making sure to protect your recovery.

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#1 Be transparent

Sure, it’s the last thing you want to talk about with someone who you’re interested in as you fear to push them away.

But let me tell one thing, the more serious your relationship gets the more open and honest you should be. Both sides.

If someone loves/likes you, they will understand and don’t define you.

It’s important to talk about your struggles and how insecure you are.

I would talk straight about fearing to gain weight and losing attraction as I want to be beautiful, not only for me but also for them. Or how you want to be healthy and enjoy every moment with them.

Having an ED and dating is possible, but you need to be honest with yourself and push yourself further.

#2 Talk about your triggers

Even people who seem healthy tend to have some unhealthy habits, like only eating in the evening.

Others aren’t a breakfast person. And as you tend to compare yourself with others, especially other's eating habits, this could be dangerous.

Tell them if something about them is triggering for you. It’s crucial to protect your recovery and focus on yourself and your health!

You’re in recovery and different standards are applying to you. (More about this here and here)

After a time they will understand you more and can help you. As everyone has different triggers and raw points.

#3 Do some "Non-ED" activities

Things like going to the cinema or on vacation can be scary. But those are parts of a normal, healthy life.

And since you don’t want to be defined by your struggles, it’s a great chance to tackle that.

What could be cooler than collecting memories with someone you love?

They can support you and you don’t have to do this alone.

Always ask yourself why to do you feel scared/other emotion. So, you can understand more and know the next time how to act more different and healthier.

Imagine yourself being recovered and being able to have a healthy relationship, not only with yourself but also with your partner? That’d be awesome, wouldn’t it?

#4 Put yourself first

Sure, you want to spend every minute with your new flame.

I think it’s important to spend time with yourself alone. This way you make sure, you don’t depend yourself too much on someone else.

Realize you’re the only one who can make you happy. Thinking otherwise isn’t healthy nor helpful.

It could even destroy a relationship. As your opponent don’t want to be reliable for your wellbeing.

Both of you still have their own lives.

You’re the most important person in your life. This isn’t selfish! You can only give love to others if you have more than enough for yourself.

Take this time to figure out what you love, maybe trying new hobbies or revive an old one.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to do something your passionate about while recovering.

Focus only on food and getting healthy physically isn’t the only thing, it’s one half. The other half is mental recovery.

Part of that is reconnecting with your true self. You spend months or even years making the eating disorder your personality while “losing yourself” (hint: you didn’t lose yourself, but it’ll take some time to figure out who you are).

I think this is the most crucial thing.

Now past recovery...

where I realized I can reach all my goals, I feel much more scared of my future (but my dreams are louder) than I feared weight gain, as I only have this one life and want to live it until the fullest.

So, I dare you to work through your feelings and fears, as they will lead you to your path.

Go where the fear is. It’s worth it, I promise!

 

 

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How To Budget As A Student

How To Budget As A Student
It may sound boring (something your parents told you, but you might be never really interested in it), but there are so many benefits in knowing your finances a bit better.Imagine your bank account as a large old sock which gets holes here and then. You open it at the top at the beginning of every month and fill it up – this is your income.But due to the holes some of your money flews away – these are your costs. But there might come a time where the number of holes increases. This is where budgeting comes in. You can darn some to keep your money level relatively consistent, so you can spend money on fun things as well (with a reason, of course).Read More

[GUESTPOST] My Yoga Journey from Apugsthought

I got super excited when my dear friend Kerstin offered me to write a guest post for her blog, so thank you for that, Kerstin-chan! My name is Milena, I’m 21 years old and have a passion for spirituality, self-development, and yoga (and for Pokémon hehe). Currently I’m doing a yoga teacher training here in Germany (my yoga exam will take place at the end of June – wish me luck for that!) and I can’t wait to start working as a yoga teacher and to pass all the knowledge I’ve gained over the past few months on to other people. As yoga is something that plays a huge role in my life, Kerstin and I thought that it would be a great idea to share my journey and experiences with yoga in this post.

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How it all started

At the beginning of 2016, I started my recovery from anorexia. At that time, I’ve been dealing with this illness for three years already and finally decided to recover for good after literally hitting rock bottom. I don’t want to go too much into detail on that – that’s for another post in the future. But the start of my recovery journey has also marked the beginning of me getting more into spirituality and veganism. Both of these things have helped me heal from this illness and they have shown me that there’s so much more to life than just food and being thin. Slowly, I started becoming better again, turning negative thoughts into positive ones, practicing gratitude daily and becoming aware of all the abundance that was already there in my life.

My inspiration

Many people I was following online – mostly spiritual or vegan bloggers – were also practicing yoga and they were all talking about how good it made them feel. Though I’ve never been very into yoga or exercise, I started picturing myself practicing some poses on the beach one day, feeling strong and enjoying my healthy body. I would have loved to give yoga a try, but at that time in my life I was still very undernourished, had lots of school assignments to do and was lacking the space I needed in order to practice yoga. So, it took me a couple of months (and moving into a new apartment where I got a bigger room and therefore enough space to roll out a yoga mat) until I finally gave yoga a try.

The first time I did yoga was with a YouTube video for beginners, not longer than 20 minutes. And those 20 minutes felt like an ETERNITY to me. I wasn’t used to doing some type of physical activity (except walking and climbing the stairs), so even that short practice exhausted me. But nevertheless, I felt great afterward. I got some minutes in silence, I could quiet my mind for a little bit and stretch my body, which eased some tension I was holding on to. So, I continued practicing it, more or less regular.

 

The practice evolves

Most of the time, I did short videos for beginners (Yoga with Adriene was my preferred yoga channel on YouTube) four to five times a week, depending on how much I had to do for school. With time though, I started to get a little bored from these. My mind wandered whilst I was practicing, wishing for it to be over as fast as possible, and I didn’t see myself progressing anymore. What has helped me come out of that situation was changing up my practice, meaning I switched from beginner videos to more intermediate ones which were also longer than 20 minutes only. Of course, these were much harder to do at first, but that has helped me stay more present in my practice. I also came across pranayama (breathing exercises) which taught me a lot more about the whole concept of yoga.

Progressing

Slowly, as I evolved my practice, I started to see yoga, not as a physical practice only anymore. Now I like to call it a “moving meditation” – quiet your mind while moving your body, get your energies flowing, connect to your highest self. Once you realize that, you get in a flow state where you just forget about time and everything else around you. Changing up my routine and my practice has been the key for me to get to understand and enjoy yoga much better.

There were times when I “abused” yoga in some way, meaning I didn’t do it for the right reasons. When I had a relapse in 2017, I did yoga only for the sake of burning calories which took all the fun and calming effects away from it. But looking back now, this only made me realize that there’s so much more to yoga than the physical practice only, and once I got out of that relapse and started to approach yoga in a healthy way again, I was experiencing all those positive effects of it again.

 

New plans

My plan after finishing my A levels was to study psychology, but unfortunately, I got rejected from university both in 2017 and 2018 (wish me luck for 2019!). As I didn’t want to waste any more time, I was looking for something that I could do whilst I had to wait another year until I can apply for a place at university again, so the idea came up in my mind to do a yoga teacher training. I’ve been practicing yoga for two years already at that point and my interest in the whole topic was HUGE. I thought that this would be the best thing to do. It’s something that could help me evolve my practice, something that can help me earn money in the future. But first and foremost, yoga teacher training would benefit my personal growth. I knew it was the right thing to do – I got excited thinking about it and luckily my parents also supported me with my plans.

The alternative way

The YTT started in October 2018. It took place once a month, a whole weekend long each time. Each weekend is associated with a certain topic, like anatomy, philosophy or adjustments. The people I’m doing the training with are all so nice, open and share my interest with yoga. They’re the kind of people that fill you with positive energy when you spend time with them. Also, our yoga teacher is the best I could have possibly asked for. She won my heart that one day she did a handstand on the toilet, haha ;D I’ve learned so much throughout this YTT; things I probably would have never come across if I didn’t take the leap and started this journey. And to be honest, I’m having mixed feelings about finishing it soon. I’m both happy and sad to be done with it. But I need to remind myself that if one door closes, another one opens. Great things are coming, I’m sure about that.

I’m not sure what to expect from working as a yoga teacher, but I’m excited to finally get started and connect with like-minded people. It still seems a bit surreal to me that I can earn money with something I LOVE doing, but I won’t complain. I’m incredibly grateful for this opportunity.

 

Some tips and advice

  • Yoga isn’t about the physical practice only. There’s so much more to it: pranayama, meditation, how you treat others and yourself. And that is also why the goal of yoga is to harmonize mind, body, and soul – don’t strive for being able to do certain asanas. It’s cool when you can do a handstand, but that’s not the aim of yoga. Practicing yoga for the sake of doing certain asanas will discourage you. It’s more likely that you will get that “yoga high” in a basic pose like downward dog than in a forearm stand.
  • Yoga can help you on many different levels. I’m sure that there’s a flow for every problem out there. For example, there are flows for your digestion, for migraines, back pain as well as flows to fall asleep faster, wind down after work or to practice self-love (which I find is such a cool way of showing your body some appreciation!)
  • Find out what suits you! There are so many different yoga styles out there: Bikram, Ashtanga, Hatha, Yin,… Some are physically very demanding, others are perfect for when you want to relax. And also, finding a good yoga teacher that you are comfortable practicing with is important too. Go to different classes and check out a variety of yoga channels on YouTube until you’ve found one that you like.
  • Don’t only practice at home. If you really want to progress in your practice, it’s crucial to visit yoga classes and be guided by a yoga teacher who can give you tips on what you can improve on and who can adjust you.
  • Switch things up! That’s the key to keep your practice fun and enjoyable.
  • Yin yoga is great for when you want to improve your flexibility.
  • Practice regularly. That way, you will make great progress and benefit from the positive effects of yoga.

 

My favorite yoga channels on YouTube:

 

Ok, that was A LOT to read, so congrats if you’ve made it this far. I hope that my post could inspire you in some way, that you learned something from it. Yoga has helped me heal on many different levels and I want other people to benefit from this practice too. I think this world would definitely be a more peaceful and calmer place if we’d all practice a little yoga ;)

Thank you, Kerstin, for giving me the opportunity to write a little bit about my experiences with yoga here on your blog!

Check out her Instagram & Blogspot where you can read and see more of her great content!

 

 

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How To Regain Your Power And Reschedule Your Life

It’s almost June and it shocks me how fast the time is passing. Half of this year is almost over and if you feel like to want to recharge, then you’re right on my blog today (and always). Sometimes I feel the last months just blew away and I accomplished nearly nothing. There was a checklist of things I wanted to get done but didn’t and feel guilty.But then I take a deep breath and check in with myself. Because feeling guilty is wasted energy and time. And this is easier said than done, I know. You can’t wipe the slate of the past clean, but everything happened for a reason. Whether it’s good, bad or neutral. Literally, everything is a lesson.The most important thing is, to accept the past. You didn’t lose time. You have enough time for everything. I know many people say, time is money, but it isn’t. This is just another negative belief which you got used to. The model of “divine time” is real, if you believe in this. But let’s sweep to today’s topic…

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Focus on yourself!

You’re the most important person in your life. Make sure you listen to your intuition or gut and don’t let fear, self-doubt, [insert negative feeling] stop you. What are your goals? Concentrate on them. You are here to reach your goals, to create a life worth living. And forgive yourself! Otherwise, these feelings of guilt, anger, and pain will just haunt you and waste your energy. Which you should better use for your purposes.

Reorganize!

Clean your room, kitchen, bathroom, refrigerator – as it if’s a second spring cleaning, haha. Clear out your wardrobe. I try to do this every half a year because there are always a few things which I haven’t worn in ages and so they just waste space.Donate them and so you give them away for a better purpose & it always feels good to help someone out. There are people who might like your clothes but can’t afford new ones.

Schedule your week ahead!

If I get new ideas, I write them down, whether in my notes on my phone or the next notepad I have with me. Sometimes you get the craziest ideas just out of nowhere and it would be a shame forget them, right? I love to choose one day of the week where I write down everything which I planned for the following week. From appointments, dates with friends to time for studying, etc. I like to use a calendar for example. I found it also helps to set goals for the next day before you go to sleep. This way I don't feel overwhelmed by what I have to do the whole week, but rather focus just on the next day, which is important for being in the present.

Do something good for yourself!

Pick up 3 things you want to do for yourself every week. Make space for those – just time for you!This will strengthen your self-love, mental health, and just your whole being.Living in the moment is also important, don’t think what might be in a week or next year. Do what you can do every day. This way you will get closer and closer to your goals. Most of them aren’t reached by sprinting but are more like a marathon. That’s not bad at all, be patient and always believe in yourself.

 

 

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My Experiences With Therapists In Germany

Hello friends! I'm very busy with my studies and in a few weeks, I'll have my finals for this semester. I struggle with "work-life balance" and set myself under too much pressure, therefore, my creativity suffers. But I work on that and I try to be more active on my blog again. I hope you understand. Recently I've been wanting to make my blog more personal next to sharing tips and giving advice.

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Today's topic

Today I want to talk about an important and personal topic, therapy. When I got diagnosed with anorexia accompanied by depression and anxiety (which is very common) I was shocked because I haven’t thought it was that serious. Anorexia tricks a lot with your mind and you often don’t realize how difficult and complex this illness is. I said to doctors “no way, I’m not that sick, I can overcome this easily on my own.”.After I got down to dangerously low weight and sleeping with 3 blankets, thinking about food 24/7 I broke down and cried my soul out to my mom. At this time I also decided to quit my apprenticeship because I couldn’t concentrate or work at all (I also didn’t like what I did). We decided to go to the doctors the next day and he send me to a psychiatrist. I had to get an appointment and couldn’t go there immediately, I had to wait about 2-3 weeks. As I got there, my blood got checked, of course, I got weighed, my mom and I had an interview separated to check the situation at home. The psychiatrist I talked to wanted to send me to a clinic for eating disorders, but I didn’t want to go. I was 18 at that time and so they couldn’t force me. She was very harsh and I didn’t get well with her. (But now I realize she must be like that because my illness was that serious.)

My first therapist

I took the responsibility to get outpatient therapy and was looking for a therapist in my hometown.Luckily, I found someone who just opened their doctor’s office and I got regular appointments after only one month of waiting. Usually, you wait 3-6 months because the wait lists are so long. Anyway, I got skeptical from the beginning on because I was uncomfortable talking to a male. Especially about such personal and deep topics. But I gave it a shot because I couldn’t recover on my own when I was caught in the depths of anorexia, where I could have died “easily”. This was around January or February of 2014. At this time, I took some time off for about 10 months as I mentioned before in order to focus on my recovery. I started going to therapy once a week and did nothing special besides that. But one thing was that I caught up with my interest in Japanese culture and started learning Japanese on my own. I could do a part-time job next to that, but my anxiety was on the rooftop and I was way too anxious to even talk to someone in a supermarket, drugstore or similar. So I was “only” going to therapy and besides that staying at home, where I practiced, more or less what I’ve learned in my therapy sessions and through the recovery community online. The last one was more helpful in my opinion because I worked with the wrong therapist. He set me under too much pressure and confused me. Especially when I slowly started eating again...

Troubles, Problems

One time he said what I eat is okay, and one time he even said it’s too much, even though I tried my best to hit recovery amounts and stayed sedentary in order to repair my body and heal my soul. Eventually, I relapsed several times during this stage and was in “quasi-recovery”. I often had arguments with him and it just was not beneficial for my healing process. Sadly I continued to go to this therapist until my apprenticeship started because I still wasn’t able to find a new one and I thought “better a bad therapist than no one”. Within these 10 months I eventually got to a minimum healthy weight, but the boundaries to underweight we’re little.

Life without therapy

After I utilized all my therapy sessions I couldn’t go to a new therapist for 2 years (yeah, this was a stupid law in Germany which could be dangerous for patients with illnesses such as eating disorders, where risks of relapse are real at all stages) and was kinda forced to apply what I’ve learned in the past. And this was surprisingly better than I thought since it’s not good to make the success of your recovery dependent from professionals. No matter if you get the support of the best doctors or therapists if you’re not ready to go out of your comfort zone and face your fears you will stay poor. And eventually, risk your life. Living with an eating disorder (or any other mental illness) is like playing Russian roulette. Luckily, I was strong enough to finish my apprenticeship and went to an ED clinic for 3 weeks after I graduated. This was in spring 2017.I went to this clinic to stabilize my current health state and there were so many people caught in the depths of their eating disorders and other issues which reminded me of how far I came. Because I thought I barely made progress in those past 3 years. The best thing, by far, was meeting my roommate which I’m still friends with till today. She’s such a sweet soul and I’m grateful to have met her. We spend a lot of time laughing and reminding ourselves we're not our illnesses. I’m proud of her progress so far (Girl, if you read this, big virtual hugs!). In this clinic, I had different forms of therapy by several professionals, including meal preparation, body awareness exercises and of course also group therapy where we discussed personal topics and could give our opinions & tips.

My first adventure on my own

A few months after I got outpatient, I moved to Cologne to attend university (where I didn’t enjoy my major but met someone I’m still friends with today and I this city will always have a place in my heart) & found a good new therapist there. She was literally one of the best professionals I worked together with. She gave me good advice and we worked through stuff which was under the condition of my eating disorder. Btw, I hate saying my eating disorder, like if it was my pet or something, lol, but yeah, it doesn’t define me, so I NEVER say or want to hear I’m eating disordered (that makes me angry.).

Back to the present

Half a year later I was back in my hometown and got appointments with a new therapist who accompanied me until I moved to my new place where I study now. I want to prove myself I don’t need professional help anymore and here I want to apply everything I’ve learned the past years. This works well so far.The most important thing while finding a therapist is, be honest with them and yourself. If you don’t feel like you can trust them, then search for them as soon as you find the “right one”. Kind of the same thing as finding the right partner, you just know when it’s the right one. Have you ever been in therapy?

 

 

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How To Look After Your Mental Health At School, University & College

Tons of students worldwide are affected by mental health and many of them suffer in silence. But it's so important to not do! Here you can find some help you need. According to reports one in four students are experiencing problems with their mental health during school, university or college, and the number is increasing. Students are under more stress than before – the pressure to succeed, student loans, tuition fees, and other financial issues. Most students know there is support out there, but they don't know what to expect, and many are too afraid to talk about their problems, along with the fear of being judged. But here is something you need to know compact.

  • Before we start: What is mental health?

We all have mental health, just as our physical health. Both combined are our complete health. Mental health determines how we feel, what is going inside our head, the way we interact in relationships and people around us. Plus, how we deal with everyday challenges. Anyway, when mental health handicaps our everyday life and the ability to function properly, it becomes a problem. Mental health is affected by our families' history, genetic preposition, life experiences, such as trauma, strokes of fate and stress. And it should be treated by a professional just like a physical issue when something isn't right. Different types of mental illnesses exist, such as eating disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, anxiety and many more.
  • Mental health at educational institutions

Where mental illnesses can occur in every stage of life, during this period people are more at the risk of it. At this stage most (not all) people are still very young and begin to find out who they really are and this process is sometimes really confusing and if you suffer from low self-esteem, you're more likely to get caught in mental illness. As I've mentioned before, research has shown that one in every four students experiences mental health issues at some point, which is shocking and lots of them struggle with doing daily tasks, such as grocery shopping or cleaning as result. Do you know someone with a mental illness? Check this out!

Now you can imagine, how hard it must be to study in this condition.Anxiety and depression are the most common mental illnesses where studying is a huge trigger – workload has the biggest impact on their mental health. Followed by friendships groups and other related types.A good thing is, that about one in five students uses the mental health service at their university, college, and school – which shows clearly you're not alone. And there are also great opportunities for help in your town, and hotline services & internet resources also exist.

Here's what you can do

  • Remember the basic important things.

Exercise regularly, eat balanced and get enough sleep. This sounds simple, right? But many students stay up late, have irregular eating patterns, and forget to exercise, such as taking walks or playing in a sports team. And with these things you built up the fundamentals of your mental health.Parents and the people with whom you surround yourself influence whether you have good habits regarding this or not.
  • Take advantage of student services.

Some parents make sure if they know their kids struggle with their mental health, to connect with student services at the respective educational institution.And the good thing is, those services are completely free and there work people who are trained professionals for these cases. They know which problems the students have and can customize their help strategies.At some institutions are offers who provide academic coaching, as well as one-on-one counseling, group counseling sessions on stress management and cognitive behavior therapy techniques and the presence of therapy dogs, which offer a mood boost during exam time.

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  • Maintain social contacts.

Even though there are thousands of students, it's not unusual to be lonely at the campus. But it's so important to not always being alone and being caught with your mental demons all the time.You can join a club, looking for activities organized by the General Students' Committee or check which events will take place in the town or city you're studying. There are tons of opportunities to meet new people, even if you suffer from social anxiety. And then you maybe have the chance to get to know inspiring people who may go through a similar "phase" as you. (I am aware that this is not a phase, so I put it in quotation marks.)
  • Know your worth.

Treat yourself as you would treat a beloved one, with self-respect, kindness, and avoid the inner critic. Make sure to set yourself time aside for your hobbies, projects, hanging out with friends and broaden your horizon. For example, trying out a new sport or learning a new language.
  • Quiet your mind.

Try mindfulness, meditation or similar therapeutic techniques. It is so important to stay in the present, and not live in the future or the past. Only this moment exists. Exercises for relaxation can help to calm down and improve or change your mindset and outlook on life. This will also help you with focusing on studying for important exams.
  • Be realistic.

When it comes to goals, it's important to be realistic and do not charge yourself too much. This causes stress and won't help you at all with your mental health state. If you have a big task, put it into smaller portions and work them off gradually.Creating a schedule can be very supportive. Write in your lesson times, when and how long you want to learn each day, but also remember to take a complete day off from revising.Make also space for free time activities and of course, always take some time for yourself. Where you can do some self-care, such as yoga, taking a bath or reading a book.Sometimes it's also effective to break the monotony and change your schedule. Plan a trip to a new city or place, take a walk in a different park or try out a new café. Whatever you want to. You can see there are some ideas to improve your mental health and maybe even protect it, especially since tough times.

Do you struggle with your mental health? I went through episodes of depression, anxiety and am recovered from anorexia & know how hopeless situations might be. In a FREE discovery call we can discuss your case and you can decide if my services and me as coach are a good fit for you. Please remember, I'm not a licensed therapist or an mental health professional. These tips and my coaching don't substitute a therapist. Get help and reach out, if you struggle. It's not a sign of failure or weakness – in fact, it's a sign of strength because you take responsibility for yourself and your life.

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