My mental health has lately my focus. I’m always trying to acknowledge my feelings and emotions to stay true to myself. I learned the hard way; mental health is not something to take it slightly. Before realising this, I went through the process of getting to know myself better. I realised that writing and reading is my way to escape my daily routine and my overthinking. It has been ages since I have read a good book! I also used to write daily in my dairy, that has been ages too! Thinking about it makes me feel guilty towards myself because I enjoyed doing it so much.
I feel that my mind is hungry for information and spirituality. When I was younger, I devoured books daily. As I’m getting older it went from daily basis to weekly basis, monthly basis to practically non. As you can imagine my mind just wanted entertainment easy, no hustle and fast. Hello, social media and Netflix! It feels like an addiction, and it is time to have a mental rehab!
Like rehab, I’m taking it step by step. For my spirituality hunger I was searching for a book that reminds me of my faith. Daily Wisdom selections from the Holy Quran came as a blessing on my path! I love reading in it when my emotions are all over the place, including calmness and happiness. For that extra faith boost I started to read the book Reclaim Your Heart by Yasmin Mogahed. Such an eye opener! Making notes helps me a lot too, perfect way to get it into my system because I want to start writing in my diary again.
To start my day good, when I wake up in the morning, I write in my Five-Minute Journal from Intelligent Change. The journal works amazing, you’re indeed only busy with it for 5 minutes! Which is perfect for when you have a busy day or when you’re not really in the mood for it. The weekly challenges, morning gratitude, daily affirmations and more really helps with having a good morning and night routine. It also encourages a healthy mind set and productivity!
What do you do for a mental rehab?
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I have been the last few months so busy and stressed out that I forgot how to enjoy life, to enjoy the simple things. I felt time is rushing me by and every day I woke up tired than the day before. I had to get a grip and remind myself to stop before I get a burn out! On top of that I’m not feeling comfortable with my own body, mind and skin. I stopped working out and junk food took over my diet. Knowing this, I need to take back control and to do that I have to lower my stress thermometer.
There is no better way to lower it by pampering myself. First, I start with lighting up tea lights and candles to create a relaxing atmosphere. After that I’m making myself lay comfortably to put a facial sheet mask on. The 30 minutes applying time comes truly handy to lay on my bed with my feet crossed and my fingers woven together. To not to be easily distracted I concentrate on my breathing, breath in breath out. As a result, the tension of my body disappears, and I can go through my day more relaxer. After the mask I take a hot shower to relax my muscles. When I’m done and put cloths on, I smear myself in with a delicious body oil or lotion and I immediately feel more confident and comfy. When my time is limited and need a mini break, I paint my nails. I can do this every time and anywhere! When I’m sitting by my desk, on my bed or even in the train going to college.
If I don’t have a lot of time due to work or my studies, I plan trips to the kitchen or coffee break room to make myself a hot cup of tea. While I wait for the water to get boiled, I take the time to look out a window and enjoy the view. I mostly drink green tea with no sugar or forest fruit also without sugar for an energy boost. While I’m at it, I browse through a magazine to get inspiration. If I’m not in the mood to do that I just sit there with my eyes closed for a couple of minutes. When my break is over I feel rested to go back to my work or studies!
What also helps for me is to read a book. Reading is the perfect way to wander with my thoughts into one of the book characters. Especially when it is a good book! I can easily forget time when the story is beautiful, it makes me almost write my own book. Speaking about writing, writing my thoughts about what I’m going through on paper is also a good way to relieve me from stress. A dairy is just like a best friend who listens and does not judge. Perfect!
What are your ways to relieve yourself from stress?
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Ps. if you suffer from prolonged stress contact your doctor for help or discuss it with a loved one! Trust me, it helps.
Sometimes I need to remind myself why I started blogging. Especially at moments when I don’t have inspiration or the motivation to work on my blog, quite sad because I love to do it. Lack of time plays also a huge part on why I didn’t blog for a while. I am currently busy with my studies. I go to college from the morning until late afternoon for a week. Basically, a whole work week of almost 40 hours! Then comes doing homework, reading college books and doing assignments. In the weekend, I maintain a part time job and I need to rest from everything. Due to all this I left my blog behind.
I remember like it was yesterday why I wanted to start a blog. At first I wanted to follow vocational training about fashion but here in the Netherlands you need to ‘’audition’’ first before you get into a school of fashion or an art school. They always said to me that I have the basics and an eye for details but it isn’t enough. So, I had to do something else to follow my dreams which is working for a fashion magazine. It bugged me why I didn’t get in but I realised why wait for approval on something you love to do?
Blogging was the first thing that came into my mind when it comes to reaching my goals of writing, taking pictures or better said the whole package when it comes to fashion, beauty and lifestyle subjects. Just like a magazine where I can be the editor, the creative director and photographer. There was a very old friend who I shared my thoughts with, he said to me that I should do it. He pushed my last insecurities away and SaidaChahid.com was born.
Till this day, I appreciate that last push. With many ups and downs that I embrace am I blogging for three years now! Thinking about it makes me so excited and glowy inside. I truly hope I can continue doing it for a long time.
So, Loves bear with me because I promise you, there is more to come from me!