NOTHING is worth your health and happiness.
The photo on the left was taken 2 months ago.
I’d worked hard to gain 8kg, I was running again, I was ‘happy’; I was still so unwell! I don’t want to even think about what I must have looked like 2 months earlier, before I stopped and took charge of my health.
Fast forward to the photo on the right taken at the start of November and the difference (to me at least) is dramatic. I am happier and healthier than I’ve been in so long.
It’s taken me months to acknowledge how unwell I’ve been this year, even longer to realise it wasn’t something sudden but something that has been building over the last 18 months.
When I became noticeably, physically unwell was simply when my body and mind had reached breaking point.
Let’s discuss the symptoms of stress:
It is insidious, it creeps up on you and becomes your new normal.
I was absolutely ‘fiiiiiine’ .
〰️ I wasn’t eating
〰️ I wasn’t sleeping
〰️ I cried constantly
〰️ My hair was falling out
〰️ I was having panic attacks almost daily
〰️ I was short-tempered and snappy
〰️ I stopped running completely
- one of the things that brings me the most joy in the world, I was too weak and unwell to do - I was too scared to!
I’m lucky, I have the kindest most loving support network of family and friends who have helped me through. I have work colleagues who have been endlessly patient and understanding. I’m blessed beyond words with the people I have in my life.
Talk! Get help, get support, there is nothing to be ashamed of. Take charge of your health and your happiness. Nothing and I mean nothing is worth this. No person, relationship or job is worth losing your health and happiness over.
Things can and do get better, you’ll laugh again and it will be full and vibrant. As stuck as you feel now it doesn’t have to be forever.
I can’t describe how I feel having my happiness back ✨
P.S.A: Don’t take your hurt, anger or pain out on others. Don’t be nasty or cruel to another human, even if you don’t like them, even if your opinions, values or morals differ from theirs. You don’t know the damage your words and actions can cause.