Is there anybody out there? or One important lesson of life.
Hello, my lovely new followers and my loyal old followers! I’m back. I thought before we go back to our usual fashion blogging it would be fair to give some explanation as to why I’ve been silent for almost a month. Plus, I think some may even find this story useful. As an old Russian saying states: ‘Smart people learn from others mistakes and only fools learn from their own’. The reality is I belong to the second category. Don’t get me wrong I’m an intelligent woman with 8 years of University education and years of corporate work behind me but when it comes to listening to others, well, it’s not my strong point and sometimes you need to know when to listen.
So when I got sick almost a month ago, I ignored it. I tweeted a couple of times about feeling unwell, but really, fashion bloggers as you know, are invincible. They have no right to get sick (or at least I thought so). So I continued on and genuinely believed my sickness would be gone the next day while each day it actually got worse. I started the SoNailicious nail challenge and began writing a nail art book. As the challenge progressed, so did my condition. I still didn’t pay any attention and disregarded any advice about having more rest. Eventually I had to stop writing for CrashingRed simply because I was too weak and too sick.
Somehow I finished the challenge and even flew to Melbourne. I didn’t get to finish my book on time because I ended up in a hospital. It was all pretty tragic and I don’t want to go into details but it was the worst sickness experience in my life.
The only reason I’m sharing this story with you, dear readers, is because I want you to learn from my mistakes and avoid such dramas in your life. Below are the steps I’m going to take to get healthy again and I hope some of you might try this too.
1) Good diet. I wasn’t eating well, missing meals sometimes, eating rubbish sometimes. The thing is, our bodies need a certain amount of vitamins and nutrients to function properly.
2) Exercise. I’m not talking about spending hours in the gym. Realistically, not many people have time for that. What I’m talking about is going for walks daily, doing some kind of physical activity at least a couple of times a week for at least for 20 minutes. Jogging, swimming, dancing, yoga, whatever makes you happy.
3) Sleep. I have never been a big fan of sleeping but as practical experience shows sleeping less then 4 hours everyday for more then 2 days in a row (not to say 2 years in my case) is not good for ya! So I’m going to start sleeping. When you’re rested you’re actually more productive and tasks that can take you 2 hours after midnight you can accomplish in 15 minutes before 11 am.
4) Prioritize and sacrafice. We can’t do everything, we can’t be on top of everything, but we can choose one or two things and focus on them. This rule will be applied to all areas of my life, social media inclusive. I used to spend hours on Twitter, for what? To become Twitter Mogul? Comical isn’t it? Maybe I could go for a walk (tick off Step 2) instead surfing the net?
5) Make time for myself and time to accomplish the above. Lack of time isn’t an excuse anymore because if you can’t make up time for yourself to ensure the basics of a healthy lifestyle are met, what kind of life is that?
The above steps aren’t some kind of revalation, we ALL know them. The thing is that we make up excuses for not doing any of them. Especially new mums who are still working like myself. It’s so easy to get caught up in daily routine and not see that while the world around you is still spinning YOU are the one who makes it spin and YOU are the one who needs energy for that.
So dear readers, today eat a proper cooked meal instead of two muffins & a coffee or get up and and go for a short walk. If you can do that I’ll consider my mission accomplished and this post will have done what it was meant to do – inspire you to start looking after yourself better. Don’t start next week or next year, start now!
Make sure you share your tips on a healthy lifestyle too. How do you deal with daily pressures, where do you find energy to do it all? Share with us, we’d love to hear!