I’ve Been Struggling …

A desolate crossing in Porto with iconic tiled wall ahead - a pretty metaphor for the fact I've been struggling and feel emptyThis post first appeared in the #MySelfLoveStyle newsletter. If you’d like to subscribe for a monthly dose of positivity & mindfulness in your inbox, you can sign up here.

How are you doing? I hope you are feeling the benefit of the blue skies and gorgeous springtime vibes we are currently being treated to – it is certainly starting to feel as though we are finally leaving winter behind isn’t it?

Last week I opened up about something on my Instagram feed and I wasn’t surprised to learn I wasn’t alone in how I was feeling.

Recently the struggle has been real guys.

I’ve been struggling to find the time to chase my dreams, something I am super passionate about this year because I know that doing this is the best way for me to improve my mental health, improve my relationships and roles in life and live the life I crave to have.

I’ve been struggling with the motivation to do the things that I both want to do (workout to feel fitter and healthier, my Mindfulness Practitioner course so that I can help you guys more, cook amazing, nutritious and simple meals that I can share) and things that I need to do (take the bins out, tidy my room, meet deadlines). I’m not exaggerating when I say that washing my hair has even felt like a struggle for the past few weeks.

I’ve been struggling with negative vibes in my day-to-day life, negative vibes that I can’t walk away from but that have a huge effect on my personality. Negativity really drains the life out of me and lately there seems to be more and more of this in some of the environments I need to be in.

All of this has meant that I have really struggled to be my usual peachy self.

It would have been easy to say that all of these struggles were caused by Mercury being in retrograde (although I am pretty certain that it was brought Storm Gareth our way).

I had lost my positive energy, my glow if you will and I had stopped calling all that was good and wanted into my life.

So I took back control and after mopping up the damage that Storm Gareth had caused (think leaking doors and ceilings), I started to set aside time each day to work on the things that excite me again, I’ve muted apps that make me roll my eyes almost every time I get a notification, I’ve started to fill my ears with laughter and positivity by listening to my favourite podcasts when I’m in negative environments AND I’ve started reading again.

I may (may) even finish that book I started reading in January!

Giving my brain the space and time it needs to switch off and wonder has done wonders for my productivity, which in turn has made me feel more positive and ultimately regain my usual peachy glow.

It’s OK to lose your glow, it’s OK to struggle.

Remember, in this journey we call life it is OK to be a glow-stick, sometimes we have to break before we shine.

And that’s what I’m here to help you with, so hit me up with your biggest struggle right now in the comments below (or fire me a DM) – let’s talk it through and see how we can get your glow back too!