Rebuilding mental & physical health
It’s been a rough old road and, to be honest, I’ve not helped myself as much as I could have done over the past few years. That’s changed recently, though, after my mental and physical wellbeing took a massive hit and I realised just how important it is to take care of myself.
There are five things I have to focus on if I want to stay in control: hydration, exercise, sleep, fasting and diet. Each is as important as the next and if I let one slip, the rest soon follow. If I keep on top of these things, everything about my life improves: my mood lifts, my stress levels lessen, my weight goes down, my energy goes up, I get better quality sleep and my brain feels sharper. This page lists all my health and wellbeing posts – and there’s plenty more to come.
Nervous Breakdown: A Harrowing Time
Did I mention I had a breakdown?!
I had a mental breakdown on New Year’s Day 2001, after two life-threatening events occurred the previous year. I’ve been very open about why it happened, how it happened and the struggle to recover. Unfortunately I didn’t do a very good job and I had a second breakdown in 2017. This time I’m doing a more thorough job of nursing myself back to health and hopefully my experience will help other people along the way.
Dealing with people who don’t believe you You’ve had a nervous breakdown and are recovering slowly but surely. You’re doing okay – making progress, slipping back, making progress again – but certain people’s comments aren’t helping. In fact they’re causing you undue stress, which is exactly what you don’t need at the moment. Your nerves are […]
Signs & symptoms of a nervous breakdown A nervous breakdown rarely happens overnight; it takes a long time to spiral all the way down to rock bottom. And that’s the good news: there’s plenty of time to spot the warning signs and sort yourself out before you reach breaking point. Unfortunately many of us somehow […]
I’m not hot stuff at ALL! It seems that my nervous breakdown has left some lasting changes in my life – but not in the way I expected. Have you heard of those people who wake up from a coma and can fluently speak a foreign language that they couldn’t understand more than a few […]
Dealing with people after mental illness People tend to avoid talking about mental breakdowns like they’re the plague. It’s all they can do to hold on to their own sanity without having to think about yours! You’re facing people for the first time since you suffered a mental breakdown. You’ve had plenty of rest and […]
If there’s one thing I’m not scared of it’s being honest about life’s struggles, including showing a side of myself that others might regard as fragile. Human character traits are fascinating to me and I think the more vulnerable parts of our personalities are more interesting in terms of discussion than the more desirable or […]
Don’t ignore the warning signs of a breakdown I’m writing this in the hope it might help someone who’s afraid to reach out about what’s going on in their world or who, after reading this, may recognise the warning signs of a nervous breakdown before it’s too late. I hit rock bottom with a ‘nervous […]
Diet & Fasting
Intermittent Fasting | Low-Sugar Lifestyle
Intermittent fasting has changed my life. It’s not about restricting calories, it’s about changing the times within which you eat. I feel great when I stick to a 4-hour eating window and a low-carb diet. I’ve done a few long-term low-calorie and water fasts but for me the trick is to be consistent with intermittent fasting and a ketogenic diet. Find out more below.
Giving digestion a break for health & healing Giving my body a break from digestion is the best way I know how to feel healthier, more energised and more in control of cravings. I’m going through a rough time at the moment and can feel myself turning to so-called ‘comfort food’, so I want to […]
My experience of 10 days of fasting: how a low-calorie fast dramatically improved my mental and physical health – FAST! “Health and healing will follow fasting …” I suffered a nervous breakdown five weeks ago and, without getting into the ins and outs, it’s time to heal. Fasting is the answer. It’ll take away inflammation, give […]