How I Felt Awake Again?

Four years is a while to feel awake again. There were some things that helped on the journey and some things that didn’t. (I suggest reading my post “Finally Awake” if you want to know the deets about what I mean by finally awake! Finally Awake)

Free Apps and Self-Care activities that helped:

  1. Walking my dog, Gibbs. Walking is a great way to release your feelings while getting in the steps you need for a healthy lifestyle. Most of the time I listen to one of my many Spotify playlists. If I had the luxury of being on a trail I would just listen to the nature around me. (The picture was after a walk.)img_3012
  2. Hiking!! I don’t do this as often as I like. Every time I do though I can say my soul feels refreshed. A couple of times a year I go with a family friend/mentor who has almost hiked all the miles in the Smokies. She always knows what she’s doing and the best trials. img_4372
  3. My Fitness Pal. I’ll admit I had a love-hate relationship with this app at first. It was a required part of one of my social work electives in grad school. Newsflash: I wasn’t eating that great in grad school. I maybe had a couple of times a week I would cook. Now, I find it helpful to know how much I am eating and what foods/nutrients I need more of.
  4. RunKeeper. Run keeper is an easy way to keep track of jogs. I’ll admit I don’t always go on a jog for exercise. That’s okay though. Runkeeper lets you add activities like kickboxing, yoga, and even hiking.  (Me 10 years ago. You’re welcome!)img_2584
  5. Spotify. I find listening to music healing. I have no musical talent whatsoever. I do find that lyrics help me express myself when I don’t have the words to do so. If you have the extra cash it is totally worth it to get Spotify premium. Link to one of my playlists:
  6. The YouVerision App. This is a bible app that has helped me tremendously. They have plans for depression, addiction, and gaining confidence. I spent 283 days in the app last year. It’s an easy way to keep track of all your favorite verses too.
  7. Pacifica. So when I lowered a dose of medication I tracked my mood with this app. I was so afraid that something horrid would happen and it would be too late before my health plummeted. Ends up I was fine. The app even offers guided paths meant to help improve your mental health. It has some free meditations as well.
  8. Meetup. I found this app when I lived in Nashville. I found people I could play laser tag with, go climbing with, and other fun activities.img_1279
  9. Cozi. I downloaded this app back in the fall. It has been helpful in reminding me what chores I need to complete. You can make grocery lists, add family members, and it even pairs with your phone’s calendar.
  10. Sweatcoin. If you need the motivation to get moving outside than I highly recommend getting Sweatcoin. Any walking you do outside gets rewarded with Sweatcoin. Building up Sweatcoins can get you cool prizes like a Nike Gift Card, iPhone, or wearable keyboard. Check out this free app 👆 It pays to walk!

What I paid for to help with my mental health:

  1. Therapy: Being taught how to reframe was one of the greatest tools ever taught to me. Seriously, I needed a whole class on that in high school. If therapy isn’t in your budget than talk with your work about the EAP program. While most EAP programs don’t offer nearly enough sessions it can get you headed in the right direction. Your therapist may even suggest books, podcast, etc. to you that can help you with the particular thing(s) you are struggling with even after you stop seeing them.
  2. Medication: I debated saying this, but I’m going to anyways. I have a great doctor who listens to me and who I trust. I have recently lowered the dose that has helped me feel like I am living on this planet again. I am working towards not needing it at all at. It has served its purpose and helped with what therapy couldn’t. img_3044
  3. NingXia Red: Is a juice that is a Young Living product. I found this because my Mom kept asking me about what I wanted for Christmas. I have a dog and live with a roommate who also has a dog in an apartment. I had smelt her essential oils in her diffuser so I decided that is what I wanted for Christmas. I knew it was safe and would make the apartment smell good. Then she told me to come to an oils class with her so I did. Essentials oils are awesome (peppermint for my headaches works better than pain relievers for me). However, Ningxia may be the tool that will help me have the strength to continue to lower my medications to the point that I no longer need them.
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How Not to Injure Yourself When Running: From an Okayish Runner Who Has a Love/Hate Relationship with it.

One of the biggest injuries a runner can have is their mindset. 😲

Negative thoughts will slow you down just as much as a physical ailment. Running is a sport of mind and body. 💪🏽💙

Performance anxiety will halt the potential you have. Ever “freaked” out before a race or practice? 😖😭

Unsupportive words to yourself will slow you down. Get out of your head. 😶

Unsupportive words and lack of encouragement from teammates (or running group) never wins. 🚫🏆

Seeing and using your strengths during practice and encouraging teammates is what makes champions. (Not all of you will have the same strengths, and that’s okay. Using different a strengths together builds a team). 🎽

While running tell yourself something you can improve at, but also two strengths. Share this with teammates who can hold you accountable and give you encouragement. Bonus: ask them to answer these questions about you. 🙇🏼💁🏼👋🏻👌🏻👂🏻

Listen to your coach and tell them your goals and thoughts ( negative and positive). 👂🏻👈🏻👨🏻

Your coach is smart. If they say easy run then complete this task. If they say race speed then give it your all. Not listening to what your coach says during training will produce injury. You don’t have to be perfect and go all out in everything you do. (Unrealistic) ✌🏻️👂🏻

Listen to your body. Once I had a friend who was cross training with yoga. “I’m fit; I can go further”. They tore a hamstring. 😖 It’s important to be realistic. Yoga is not racing. It’s to stretch and give your body a chance to recover from actual training. 🚣🏻🏊🏻🏋🏽🚴🏿

Be realistic when you are pushing yourself. Don’t go over that limit. Again, listen to your coach. Ask, “How can I increase my speed”. They may have a workout they recommend you do on your own (it may look different for different people.) You have to practice at it. Not being realistic will produce nothing lasting. It doesn’t have a foundation to stand on. 👟🙇🏼💁🏼👨🏻

Your running will suffer if you aren’t enjoying what you are doing.
It’s important to have fun while training. Some practices you won’t enjoy 👀, but remind yourself three reasons why you love the sport during these tough times. ✌🏻️👊🏽🤘🏻💙🤗

Positive mindset can not be achieved on your own. 👥 You have to communicate with other people about training and the negative thoughts you may have. 🗣 Before you can encourage others you must be encouraging yourself. ☝🏻
Remember your strengths and 2 positive things. Also, One thing you can work on. Share this with teammates. Ask them what they see in you. 👀
It is important to be physically training in the manner that your coach asks you to. 👤Everyone has different strengths, and areas they need to work on. 💪🏽Putting this together makes a successful team.