Hey kind Vee, could you feel a noticeable difference in your mood when you started eating healthy and found your passion for exercise? I feel at a lost right now in my life. I spend more time on worrying about all the horrible stuff going on in the world than I do living my life and being happy. It is like an obsession. Another thing is that I am afraid that leading a healthy life will make my social life harder and that I will miss out on things. Lots of love and kindness.
Asked by Anonymous
Goodmorning, lovely anon!
This is such a great question.
Absolutely, 100% yes. When I began changing mt habits, it shifted a lot of negative emotional things inside of me, and I really began to open up to the love and positivity that had always been avalible to me, but I had never taken advantage of. I fell in LOVE with yoga and running, and that gave me an external goal, a passion and a commitment that sill drives my days, and shapes my mental state. It generally takes only a 10 minute yoga session to put me in a great mood if I’m feeling a lttle off.
I think it can be easy to fall into worrying about the world. I know I certainly had a preoccupation with just that, at one point. Instead of fixating on it, my mom suggested that I do one thing a month that was within my means to try and help the world in a small way. For example, i once donated 30 dollars worth of consignment chldrens books to a organization that gives reading material to kids in Niger. This month, I’ll be taking a group of students to volunteer at an animal rescue center for the day. It doesn’t have to be big, but choose a topic that you are particularly concerned with, and giving a little of your time, energy and good wishes to that area can really do wonders for YOU as well as giving to the world.
In regards to your social life, it takes a bit of getting used to, but being healthy most of the time and committed to your lifestyle doesn’t usually harm your social life. You might have to explain for the first little bit, but re-negotiating how you interact with your friends and family can actually be a really positive thing. It can result in deeper connections with those people, as you learn new ways of being close that doesn’t revolve solely around they huge consumption of alcohol or pizza nights. My friends and I started “healthy movie nights” where we would cook a huge, beautiful, god for you meal and then watch a movie while we chowed down. That said, there s always room for a good old pizza/ wine night now and again- it really is about balance. But living life for YOU is what’s most important. Your friends will understand, and will likely wt to jump in the healthy band wagon right along with you.
You’re doing just fine, my love. It takes some time to sort all of these complex things out in your life. Little steps, small goals and filling your days with things that genuinely make you happy and feel good- that’s the key, I think.
Love to you!