Studying Mental Health Nursing I have heard a lot about the importance of ‘sleep hygiene’ and how a good nights sleep can create such a positive difference to your day. Although ‘sleep hygiene’ sounds really clinical and boring– it’s basically how to get the most from your sleep and achieve ultimate alertness throughout the day. Easier said than done though, right?
I’m sure you already follow your favourite celebs on Instagram and scroll in ore of their lifestyle- but here are a few of my MUST-FOLLOWS you might not have thought of. These people are not my favourite singers or actresses- but the people I feel bring something special and unique to my Instagram as I scroll through the hustle and bustle every single day. So, without further ado, and in no particular order…
Body confidence is a major component of self-esteem. It involves the way you consider your aesthetics and the physical aspects of ‘you’. It’s no surprise with the constant lifestyle and beauty expectations that the majority of young women would change something about their body or appearance if they had the opportunity- myself included. Don’t get me wrong, I love social media, but I can’t help but wonder the affects it has on people younger than myself- due to the drastic affect it has had on me. I’d consider myself relatively independent and educated regarding these issues- but what happens when people are more vulnerable?
The dreaded words- ‘MENTAL HEALTH’. It’s simple, you either understand or you don’t. I think many would be surprised at the daily struggles that many of us actually go through- obviously, to different extents. People usually describe this term with a long-list of illnesses that sound big and scary if you haven’t experienced or witnessed them first hand- depression, schizophrenia, bipolar, anxiety, bulimia, anorexia. Correct- those diagnosis’ are within the ginormous umbrella of ‘mental health’- but so are stress, nerves, agitation and insomnia. How many of you can say you have never felt those emotions? (Which are completely NATURAL and INNATE tendencies may I add.) We see it campaigned all over social media, in the news and even in political debates and manifestos. It is now common knowledge that we all have mental health and it is important to care for it- with equal passion many have when working out every day- although this sometimes gets pushed to one side whilst juggling the one-million-and-one things we know we need to do (and have probably already put off for at least a week!).
This was always one of the questions I was given at school. “Who is your role model?” or “Tell me about someone who you look up to”. Back then, it pains me to admit I looked purely at the materialistic things. For a short while I thought happiness came part and parcel with money or being ‘pretty’. I’d say something like ‘the Kardashians’ or the edited, picture of unrealistic perfection I had seen on the most popular music video that week- despite being surrounded by real, powerful women 24/7. It’s true when people say you don’t see what is right in front of you and that goes for everything. The women in my family have achieved things many of us could only dream of- from travelling alone across the USA & meeting people they otherwise would never of crossed paths with or devoting their time in helping children going through struggles we usually only hear about sat on our sofa watching Netflix. Now, without a doubt, my role models are the people that have raised me. They are true inspirations and I have some of their DNA- that sets me in good stead, right?