Four weeks until my London to Paris ride and I want to create a Wave of Positivity to highlight how important it is for our mental health to be consciously aware of what we are feeding our minds on.
Read on for how you can be part of our Wave of Positivity..
On September 12th I will be setting off from London to cycle to Paris. I'm doing this to raise awareness of mental health, following my own experiences with Anxiety and Panic Attacks, and most importantly, because I believe we are all capable of so much more than the limits we set for ourselves.
Everything it takes to do this cycle ride I did not have a couple of years ago. I didn't even have the idea of doing it until a few months ago, so far off my radar it was! Even the idea of me 'getting into' cycling was laughable. But somehow, here I am!
I believe that mental health is much the same as physical health and we can look after our mind like we look after our body. They say you are what you eat, I've learnt that you can also, be what you think.
Which brings me to my point.. What are you feeding your mind on?
Negative stuff happens. We don't need to seek that out and mostly, we can't avoid it BUT we can correct the balance by bringing in more positivity and taking care of our minds and emotions as best we know how. Focusing on the good, connecting with others who inspire and encourage us, feeding on the things that leave us feeling refreshed and motivated, this really does help us feel better.
As such, I want to create a Wave of Positivity over the next 4 weeks leading up to my ride and here's how I plan to do this (having not thought too much about this but rolling with it anyway!)..
I want you guys to send me the words that inspire you, encourage you, motivate you, ignite a fire within you.. It might be a quote, song lyrics, it might be words someone once told you, it might be a mantra or motto you tell yourself, it might be a purpose you have such as a dream or a goal.. Maybe you've been through something and you've come out the other side and you too want to share the joy that we CAN do what we think we cannot, please send me your story! Don't worry if you think it's not worth sharing, if it ignites that zest for life within you, it IS worth it!
So feel free to send those words of positivity to me and keep them coming! Let's focus on our strength in weakness, the beauty in our vulnerabilities, the words that bring a lump to our throat, that inspire us to get out there and live this life in the very best way we know how, to love each other more, to help, to be kind, and to live fully and deeply, embracing the ups and downs of this beautiful oppourtunity we have on this earth.
I plan on sharing as much and as many as possible over the next 4 weeks on my facebook page, my blog and my instagram, including my own contributions and anything I feel will be inspiring and motivational to others. Please do let me know if you'd like to remain anonymous and I won't post your name. If sharing on instagram, please tag me in your photo and use the hashtag #L2Pwaveofpositivity – thanks :)
You can contact me at any of the following or just message me using the 'Contact' page, and Like/Follow my facebook page and my instagram so you can feel the effects of the Wave of Positivity which we're going to create!
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Or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you!! Looking forward to connecting with you all :)
We all have mental health, just as we have physical health, and for the most part we can gain and maintain good mental health in the same was as we do with physical health. So, here's my 5 reasons why cycling is good for mental health:
1. It gets you outdoors
Getting outside in the fresh air and sunshine is healthy, it feels like you're blowing away the cobwebs, looking beyond the concerns of your mind and finding strength in nature.
2. It focuses your mind
I believe that exercise is as good for your mental health as it is your physical. When I'm cycling my mind is focused on what I'm doing and so it becomes clear of everyday clutter and worries.
3. Your own pace, your own time
Cycling is low impact, you can get fitter without putting too much strain on your body and you can do it when and where you feel comfortable. I find it far easier than running and more enjoyable than feeling like I 'have to go to the gym' :)
4. Positive Vibes!
It changes my mood. I can wake up feeling low in energy and mood but if I make myself (and sometimes I really have to make myself!) get outside and out for a ride, by the time I return I'm buzzing and extremely glad I went.
5. Healthy Mind, Healthy Body
It's a step towards a healthier mind and a healthier body which will build your confidence, the two go hand in hand quite often and one will definitely help the other.
So, why not give it a try?
You don't have to already be fit to take up cycling. It is a good activity for those wanting to start on their fitness journey and is becoming very popular these days, with more and more people realising the health benefits. I started off on an old mountain bike we had in the garage. To begin with I went around the block and took it in the car to places that were very safe for cycling. Gradually, my confidence and ability grew and now I am doing rides that would have seemed crazy to me at one point!
Take your time getting into it, be safe, don't take risks, go at your own pace and above all, enjoy it!
I hope to publish more posts on how I got into cycling, beginner tips etc. Please let me know if there's anything you'd like to know about. For now though, thanks for reading!