Last week it was announced that Instagram is ranked the worst social media platform for young people’s mental health. Personally, this wasn’t much of a shocker to me. How many times have you scrolled past an image and thought how you wanted to look like that, or live there, or have that? Quite a few times I’d wager. It breeds comparison culture, and of course, this can’t be good for our mental wellbeing.
I got to try a new form of exercise last week – hot pod yoga.
One thing you may not know about me is that I really enjoy yoga. It’s played a big part in my health and fitness journey over the past two or so years. I recently spoke about how my gran may or may not have been right about taking the time to meditate more often for the sake of my mental health. My way of making sure I actually achieve that is by practising a little bit of yoga. Even if it’s only five minutes, it means I clear my head and focus on my breathing and energy. It ultimately lets me get rid of a little bit of stress.
I’m a firm believer that if you have a feeling about something you should listen to your gut instincts. But today I want to talk about literally listening to your gut.
The last year or so I’ve been on a mission to lose some weight, tone up and feel more positive about my appearance. Aside from this, my biggest motivator is my health. For two-to-three years I’ve been suffering from digestion issues, which are today still undiagnosed. Last year things got much worse and I found myself at the doctors talking with a stranger about my poo whilst she prodded my stomach. Who says a girl doesn’t have a glamourous life?!
I’ve always been a bit of a Lushie, and I’ve always had fantastic service in Lush Nottingham. Sometimes it’s been someone giving me advice on the best products to help a bad breakout, and sometimes it’s been helping me check out quickly on a lunch dash. Back in December, I was given a big pick me up after being made redundant by a random act of kindness by one of the staff.
A few years ago, being invited to an event at Lush seemed like something that happened when you’d made it. Whilst these days those that have made it get whisked away for weekends in Paris or for fancy brunches in London, I still felt like I’d ticked a box when a Lush event invite landed in my inbox.