The first topic I will start on will be health. Yes, health seems like a huge topic, and you can split it into Physical and Mental health. However, as someone who focused on mental health only throughout her teenage years and saw no improvement, mental health will be an overcast for all topics discussed but I will focus on physical health.
When you are living with parents, their main concern is you getting fed. Even if it is not specifically healthy. If you are going to ask for money, you know the one thing that they will fund is you’re not starving.
But when you start to become independent it becomes a costly thing. And also a huge sign of laziness. It is so much easier to get take out and cheaper to eat out at restaurants than to cook for yourself at home at times.
However, I realised how huge it is to maintain a good diet. To eat at minimum 3 meals a day with breakfast at the biggest. To consume a lot of water and to cut out certain foods in your diet. For me, I hardly eat dairy now which has cleared my skin and my occuring stomach problems. I also only eat brown bread, rice and pasta if available. Hardly any sugars and sodas. Meats are just chicken or fish. These little changes made a huge difference.
A website to refer to would be thepaleodiet.com which mimics diets of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. Cutting out all that nastiness of high rising obesity and diseases in modern day society.
You also have to be careful of chemicals put in restaurant foods and also genetically engineered foods or foods with pesticides. Also, with the amount of plastic being dumped a lot of our food has consumed the toxins within that too. I’ll be honest, it is hard to eat really healthy. But is is a CONSCIOUS decision and a time out you need to make to do your own research. Prepping meals is also a good way to not throw away food and if you have a busy schedule.
Another problem for us is also sitting. We sit mostly all the time: in our bed in the morning, in the car to wherever we have to go, in the seat in our classroom or office etc. Make time for exercise, try to walk everywhere, buy a bike. Get a gym membership and go once a day or find a nice running path. The hardest thing is motivation though right?
If you are fortunate enough to find an exercise buddy that is great. But you cannot always rely on that person being as motivated as you. We usually give up because the other person does. So it is all up to you to push yourself. What I find is that making a plan to write down how long you will spend on that machine or doing what exercise, how many reps, what exact exercises before you go to the gym give you a higher chance of being more productive. So give it a try along with the healthy diet and trust me your whole world will change. A habit takes 3 weeks to kick in so don’t give up and set yourself a month challenge.
Another thing is to join sport clubs, activities that also keep you up and going and invite socialization. We feel that it is too late to be really good at a sport but that is untrue. Yes, maybe at a professional level, but you can still excel to a point where you can either compete and build up your health. If it is a team sport it also helps with socialization if you struggle in that sector (linking to mental health).
Overall, a good diet and exercise has lifted so many of my depressive moods. There is a huge relationship between physical and mental and sometimes, you know, you just gotta get out there! That is why I highly recommend focusing on physical health as a step to improving your mental one.