When you’re feeling down, practicing self-love can be a powerful healing tool. Today’s What I Ate Wednesday is full of comforting eats and caring thoughts.
Welcome to my Way Down Wednesday… That’s right, I’m feeling seriously down in the dumps. Nothing has happened and there has been no triggering event, I’ve just been majorly off my mental health game. Uncontrollable anxiety, sleepless nights, and zero desire to be around other humans. The whole nine. Rather than beat myself up or mope around hopelessly, I did my best to adapt my day while still being productive.
After a night of little sleep, I wasn’t sure how I would feel about waking up for the gym. I felt alright so we grabbed our banana and hit the road.
Even though I got a solid but not overly strenuous workout, I spiraled into a tired mess when we got home. It has historically been challenging for me to make “getting ready” decisions when I’m under mental stress. I was able to talk myself into a shower and throwing some comfortable clothes on before settling onto the couch with my smoothie and laptop. The great news about my daily breakfast is that it’s packed with brain-boosting nutrients but it also delicious and satisfying. Brain, belly, and mouth all happy!
My appetite has been virtually nonexistent lately (not a typical anxiety symptom for me) but I was happy to find this leftover beet salad for a late lunch. It’s a recipe I crave regularly and have been meaning to share- maybe soon!
Per usual, lunch made me sleepy… so I grabbed a Suja Drinking Vinegar and went on a walk around the block. It didn’t invigorate my energy as much as I hoped it would but it felt good to get moving. Plus, the juice has mood-enhancing probiotics. Happy gut = happy brain!
My hunger made a surprise appearance in the late afternoon- hey there, friend! I had sweet treats on the mind and I was elated to discover some of my Salted Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies in the fridge. A few minutes later, I snagged some grapes because my body wasn’t begging for something juicy and sweet. Honor those cravings, babes.
It was purely lucky happenstance that I had a literal shiz ton of hearty soup in the fridge. I catastrophically over cooked a pound black eyed peas this weekend and ended up just turning them into stew. It’s funny how recipes born from mistakes often end up being the most delicious. I’ll definitely be recreating this recipe to share with you all when the weather turns cooler. So good! And the perfect comfort food that I needed to warm my soul from the inside. I served it up with some toast and micro greens.
At the end of this day, I’m feeling grateful that I’ve gained enough self-awareness and self-compassion to be flexible with myself during times like this. I was able to work a full day from home- a privelege I don’t take for granted- and don’t feel worse for spending an entire day feeling sorry for myself.
Treat yourself with love and understanding, friends. Tomorrow might be better. If it’s not, cut yourself some slack and do the best you can. That’s what I’ll be doing, anyways…