Since I had my son I’ve realised that it isn’t always easy to put myself first. He is my first priority as he can’t fend for himself. However, happy mum happy child, right? It’s a tricky balance – especially when it feels like there aren’t enough hours in the day.
A healthy diet, active body and a peaceful, forgiving and kind mind is my recipe for a happy state, but it’s not always easy to remain like this. Stresses, confusion or lack of confidence are internal forces that can easily makes us lose that strength.
My favourite places I’ve visited are Borneo and Turkey. Next up on the list is wherever the wind takes me. If I keep my mind open I know I will travel to places I’d never have thought of.
Rosehip oil, seeds and spirulina! Rosehip oil makes my skin feel lightly moisturised and I hope it’ll somehow slow those fine lines down as much as possible. I use seeds daily in my smoothies and often incorporate them in baking and salads. Spirulina is a superfood and I believe it helps my energy levels and wellbeing in general.
My morning schedule is constantly changing. I start with a smoothie packed with banana, kiwifruit, chia seeds, oats and sunflower seeds, and cup of green tea. I try to be kind to myself, to breathe. I then get my son ready for kindy. In the evening I eat a healthy, lean home-cooked dinner packed with vegetables and protein-rich foods. I leave bulky carbs for breakfast and lunch.
The way your body changes in your mid-30s as hormone production decreases can be difficult to accept at first, but I am surprisingly OK with it. I keep my body in check and when I feel I’m letting myself go a bit, I do something about it. Most importantly, I’ve embraced the positive aspects of my body and remind myself to “love myself”. My attitude now is that I really appreciate what I have physically. I don’t take it for granted the way I used to when I was younger.
I’m mindful of food intake and for my latest play, Lysistrata, in which my character ended up lightly clad on stage, I chose to resort to a spray tan. It made me feel better about myself and I was therefore more comfortable on stage. Remembering my positives (a healthy, able body) is also a good incentive to be proud of who I am.
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