Sunday, October 25, 2015

Healthy ways to heal- Post Grad life: Month 5

It can be really difficult to handle when life just does not seem to be going your way for whatever reason... It happens without warning to everyone at some point, or many. These situations can vary in severity and length, but becoming unexpectedly uprooted can be a shock to your system at any level.

If you haven't been keeping up, I recently went through a very drawn out period of painful transition which left me a bit lost and broken. Waking up was a battle, making it through the workday was difficult and being alone with my thoughts at night and trying to get through graduate school work was barely bearable.

Although it is normal to be a bit shaky on your feet after a drastic change in life, I quickly realized that I was not doing enough to make sure I was healing properly. I was more mopey than I should have let myself be, I lacked motivation, and I definitely was not eating properly, so that had to change.

With time, I was able to find healthy ways to heal. Obviously, these methods have not completely alleviated the pain I've been feeling or negated what I have been through, but they have helped me get back in touch with myself and have made this whole healing process a bit easier:

  • Find a mantra that speaks to you (Mine is "excelsior")
  • Exercise 
  • Start a gratitude journal
  • Eat healthy and stay hydrated
  • Dive into a book
  • Breathe 
  • Get out of the house
  • Treat yourself to something delicious 
  • Find God
  • Take care of something (like a plant or an animal)
  • Call a trusted friend
  • Go for a walk
  • Find a new hobby
  • Go for a drive
  • Bake something 
  • Yoga 
  • Meditation and mindfulness 
  • Write about what you are feeling
  • Rearrange your living and work space 

The healing process is a necessary part of growing upward after we have been knocked down, but it can be difficult to begin. It is called a process for a reason... as it is not an easy, one-day fix. Taking it one day at a time and focusing on the small gains can be a good place to start. Progress can be made with time, and you may even begin to develop healthier habits and hobbies that you can carry with you for years to come. Start by making a commitment to yourself. 

What ways do you prefer to heal?

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