Recently, I was diagnosed with exhaustion. I was raising a child, running my own business and loving the challenge. Then my emotions got sidelined by some full on personal issues that made it difficult to be my usual hardy self.
The consequence of having too much to deal with was that my skin broke out like never before, my self esteem suffered and I completely lost control of my moods.
Funnily enough, the last person I considered speaking to about this was my doctor. In the end my husband made an appointment for me and the result was a structured mental health plan that has left me feeling much stronger emotionally.
When it comes to your health, there are a lot of things that can stop you from performing at your best, without you even knowing it.
1. Poor posture.
Are you a sloucher? If so, it is definitely doing you harm. Crunching over all the time slows your digestion, plays havoc with your circulation and even decreases your levels of the happy hormone serotonin.
The good news is that bad posture is easily fixed with a little self awareness. Walk tall and proud and sit up straight and you’ll not only notice the physical benefits, you’ll give yourself an instant confidence boost.
2. Vitamin D levels.
A couple of years ago a close friend of mine was pulling very long hours at work. She was waking before dawn, heading to the office and not leaving again until the sun had set. After a short amount of time she started feeling seriously unwell.
After hearing her symptoms of mood swings, lethargy and general soreness all over the doctor asked one question - how much time are you spending outside during the day? A lack of vitamin D was a big clue to her bad health. She made it a rule to eat her lunch outdoors and said that this subtle change actually made a world of difference.