*This* Close to Your Next Mental Breakdown? Walk Away. [Seriously]

So, I’m one portfolio and two essay finals away from finishing my second to last semester of college.

Couple days ago, I was in the middle of writing the ump-teenth paper about old stories I didn’t care about anymore, and I was seriously starting to think my head was going to explode.

After I took a Naproxen and finished crying my face off for fifteen minutes, I posted this on Facebook:

All jokes aside, that is some real shit. More on breakdowns in a bit.

It’s now Sunday. I’ve had a little sleep and some good, homemade soup, but I’m still a little frazzled. Okay, a LOT frazzled.

Taking stock of what I have done this week to care for me, I realized that I have been so pinned down to my scholastic duties, I haven’t been to the gym at all. for like, two or three weeks.

>blink, blink…blink<

I was so determined to fix that as soon as possible, I jumped in the car and headed to the gym a full two hours before it opened. LOL

The benefits of physical activity on the brain are undeniable.

In a study done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart and your sweat glands pumping, appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning.  [Harvard Health Publishing; Harvard Medical School]

But we really don’t need Harvard to tell us this, do we? It’s just common sense.

Contrary to all those old sci-fi movies, brains cannot function very well when they’re stuck in a jar on a counter. And they definitely don’t work very well if your body is cooped up in a cubicle for 14 hours a day, pumped full of stress hormones.

One of the best things we can do for our health is to learn to notice when we are beginning to get stressed and walk away.

Walk away from the computer, or leave your kid in a safe situation, excuse yourself from the meeting if you can and

WALK AWAY.

For five minutes. Fifteen minutes. Thirty minutes on your lunch break.

Get some fresh air into those lungs, and bonus points if you can bathe in trees while you do it.

Even just a quick stroll up and down the hallway without a device will re-calibrate your brain and your buns, reminding you that you’re living inside of a meat suit that needs to move, and that your brain is not a 24/7 news channel. It needs to be turned off every now and then so that the rest of the time you can think clearly and exercise good judgement.

No need to bog yourself down with fitness goals when you’re taking this stroll. Just take a breather to get your head right.

Speaking of getting your head right…

ExCUSE me? Why is this the “next” mental breakdown??

We can all laugh and understand that it’s hyperbole (after all, if you’re genuinely having a mental breakdown, you shouldn’t be reading this blog about it. You should seek professional help. And I love you.)

But if you’re otherwise okay, but you just get overwhelmed a lot, I was thinking I should write up a little book called “Learn to Say No.”

I’m always hearing lifestyle gurus (who I love, btw) talk about how a big part of self care is saying no, but so few of them get way down to the particulars of exactly how to do it and keep it in your mindset.

I still have to finish finals this week, so I don’t have it written yet, but if you would be interested in reading my little instruction manual “Learn to Say No” once it is finished, get on the list below, and follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

And let me know what you would like me to cover in the book! Knowing what you want to read always helps me give you want you’re looking for!

Stay chill this week folks, and I’ll catch you on the other side of these finals.

Love,

 

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