You might be wondering why we have started Mindful March and supporting Beyond Blue… So here it is..
As one of many young Australians who has struggled with mental health and anxiety, this cause is very close to my heart. Throughout my 20’s I have learned the importance of looking after myself and taking the time and being deliberate in prioritising a healthy balanced lifestyle.
I find telling my story hard, partly because it makes me go back to a time in my life when things were not so great, and partly because I’m still dealing with aspects it. But I guess that time, and getting through the worst of it, is what has fired the passion inside me, and this passion has given me the courage to open up and share my story, because it is not unique, and there are three million other Australians living with anxiety or depression.
In my old job, I found myself reaching for at least one glass of wine at the end of every workday, just to get through, and it took a long time to realise that there was something wrong with this. I needed to make a change. This job, lucky as I was to have it, held no meaning or purpose for me. Even though I knew this, it took up all my time and energy, and invaded the other spaces in my life that had always brought me joy. I would work, work hard, and just feel frustrated and unfulfilled. To make it worse, I would take it out on myself and the people I love, making it even worse.
It took time and some tough decisions, but I realised that I needed to make a change. I joined a gym. It was hard to get into the routine, but I persevered. For me, exercise was a way to take back some control in my life, and led to me having more confidence to make more changes, and get out of the hole I was in. This act of self care improved my mental health immensely. I am passionate about spreading the message that it’s ok to not be ok, and that there are practices that we can implement in our everyday lives to help improve our mental health.
This is why I have chosen to start our Mindful March campaign, which will support Beyond Blue in their amazing efforts. As a starting point we are donating $5 from each sale this month to them and will continue sharing tips and advice on how to live more mindfully, and practices we use to help live healthy, happy lives.