I’m a fairly private person and I haven’t talked about this on my blog yet, but a year ago today my life changed completely. For the better.
You see, I had been working for a large company for almost 14 and a half years, but the last couple of years had been very difficult, a new boss with bullying tendencies, insecurities and micromanaging issues combined with new (strange) rules = not fun to go to work every day. Then one day, all this pain and pressure stopped abruptly when I was laid off. This is typically not a good surprise, but it was a relief for me, although it was still quite a shock!
Having been working full-time for so many years (not including a previous job before that), I noticed that my body took a really long time to follow what my brain already knew. I knew I didn’t have to get up the next morning and go through my regular routine of getting ready to go to work, but somehow my body would tense up in the evenings, especially on Sunday nights. Force of habits I guess. It took about 6-8 months for my body to start understanding that it was ok, that I could relax, that I wouldn’t have to go through the amount of stress I had endured for 2 very long years.
Although I feel so much better, it takes time, and I am still feeling leftover stress sometimes. I find that it affects my digestive system, especially my liver and pancreas the most. It’s a good thing that I’ve been eating healthy for so long, because stress is bad enough that it hurts our bodies just as bad as junk food does. Crazy, huh? When I saw my naturopath not long before getting laid off, they did a live blood test, and said that if they didn’t know me any better, they would think that I was a junk food addict or an alcoholic, because of the crap floating in my blood. So, that’s what I’m doing now: taking care of my mental health as well as my physical health (I take a few plants when I feel like my organs need help and support). I try to eliminate stress whenever I can, because, well, my health depends on it. I also try to view life and problems in a different way. I noticed that our point of view makes a big difference in how we are impacted by something. So I choose to be happy and do things I love (including sharing recipes and articles on this blog!). It doesn’t mean that my life is perfect and peachy all the time, but I don’t look at it the same way. A problem can be a blessing in disguise, and we don’t have to dwell on it. We can still have goals, dreams, and yes, even hardships at times, but it’s ok to choose to be happy now. It’s ok. And it is a choice. We can choose to stop dwelling on the things that hurt us, that make us sad, and concentrate on the things that make us happy (shopping should not be one of those things!). Happiness shouldn’t depend on a bunch of material things, contrary to what our society wants us to believe.
So, the reason why I wanted to share some of my very personal story today with you is to tell you how important it is to change and improve our eating habits, buy as much organic food as we can, take care of our physical health, but also take care of our mental health and our stress levels, it’s important to view our issues as learning experiences, to grow and move on (not always literally, but in our head). I know it’s not always easy, but try it, I promise it’ll make a big difference in your life. Choose to be happy. Right now. No need to wait for the perfect setting. Just be happy. Shop less. Spend time outside reconnecting with nature and its beauty. And eat healthy, real, organic food. You’ll be so much better for it.
Thank you for allowing me to share my story with you. If you’re ready to share your story of change, feel free to do so! If not, it’s ok too. We’re all healing in different ways.