I’m a freshman at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec who hopes to eventually go to Med School! I have a rare heart condition called Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome that kept me in and out of the hospital for years. My senior year of high school was spent in a wheelchair. Things have improved drastically for me, and I’m now able to live a fairly normal life. I wouldn’t change my years of struggle for anything though, because I have learned so much through it all. I felt horribly ill every single day, but I still had many fabulous days.
So that is what I will be sharing with you today. Four tips on having a fabulous day, even when things aren’t going your way.
1. Love Yourself
I can’t stress this enough. When you wake up in the morning and the first thing you say to yourself is “Damn girl, you’re looking hot today,” your confidence will be way higher than if you start your day by picking apart your reflection in the mirror. As a former ED sufferer, I can relate to the negative self-talk, but you just have to stand above it! You’re stronger than the bully inside your head!
2. Eat Nourishing, Wholesome Food
Eating releases dopamine, and dopamine makes us happy. Who doesn’t like being happy? When you eat foods that nourish you, you’re body will thank-you physically and mentally. I personally strive to keep all my meals as natural and as delicious as possible, as well as gluten free and vegan (for health/ethical reasons).
3. Move Your Body
Even when I was in a wheelchair, I made an effort to get some for of exercise in everyday. Whether than meant some gentle yoga or some light weights, I made it work. Now that I’m so much better, running, dancing, and pilates have become my passion. Whatever your situation, you can always fit in a bit of exercise to really get those endorphins pumping.
4. Surround Yourself with Positive People
I had an incredible group of friends back home, and I am already making amazing new friends at college. I’m also blessed with a supportive and loving family. It can be really easy to isolate yourself when you’re not feeling so hot- physically or mentally- but its counter-productive. Don’t get me wrong, taking time out for yourself is essential, but in order to truly heal, you need the help of others.
That’s it! Thanks, Carrie, for letting me make a guest post on MnM! I love you’re blog and I’m constantly inspired by your strength. Don’t ever feel guilty if life takes over and you can’t blog anymore; change happens and no matter what, MnM will still have had a positive impact on many people.