Life update: Uni, not knowing my message, mental health and psychiatry

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Hi

Once again I have not been blogging regularly after saying at the beginning of the summer that I would. I think that I finally know why. I basically do not know what message I am trying to convey here on this blog. When I first started blogging a couple of years ago, fitness blogging was still a very “naive” niche were we would share the good, the bad and the ugly. Now, especially on instagram, it’s all about the “inspirational” only. I am very guilty of this too, having a tendency to only put posts when I am exercising, which seems like a mini victory each time I manage to make the time to do a workout as I’ve fallen back into the “I’ve got no time” mantra since going back to Uni 3 weeks ago.

Perhaps I think that I should share the other side of having a busy lifestyle? Share the times when I do not manage to drag myself to the gym etc? I do not know about you but a lot of the time, social media makes me feel like everyone but me has their shit together. That it is “just” a question of willpower to motivate yourself, get up at 6am and smash your workout. It’s not that simple. It really is not.

I have started my 4th year of Uni with a Psychiatry block. I am only 3 weeks in and what an eye opener this is. I am truly enjoying the topic. I am not claiming to be an expert already but I believe that we should talk a lot more about mental health and perhaps I can use the blog to talk about this a bit more. In the mean time, let me summarise what these first 3 weeks of psychiatry have taught me:

NOBODY CHOOSES TO FEEL LIKE SHIT

It is really not just a question of willpower. Of course there are many things that you can do for your wellbeing and I truly believe that good mental health will start with the basics of good food, good sleep and exercise. But we also really should cut each other some slack. In the past 3 weeks, I’ve had the privilege of meeting patients that would tell me their whole life story. From their birth to their hospitalization. Let me tell you, some people do not have it easy, and you would not know unless you specifically asked and they wanted to tell you. 

You genetics, history and lifestyle habits can all play a role in neurotransmitters, chemicals in your brains, levels and this can in turn determine whether you are more prone to depression or not for instance. There is a reason why some medication can help, they help to level out some of the neurotransmitters that you are lacking / have in excess! 

Again, I am not saying that a pill is the answer. What I am trying to say is that it is OK to give yourself some credit for doing what you can, because that can already be a lot. 

Lots of love,

Laureen 

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