This September I will be cycling from London to Paris to raise awareness of what is possible even if you are currently struggling with Anxiety, Panic Attacks and other forms of Mental Health.
This isn't a charity ride or sponsored, I'm doing this to mark how far I have come, to share the tips and techniques that have helped me and inspire others to become the best version of themselves.
We all have mental health and it operates much the same as physical health. We have a lot more control over it than we think we do, we just have to maintain a sustainably healthy lifestyle, putting the best fuel we can into our bodies and doing the best we can to eliminate stress on our bodies.
Obviously there are certain health issues where we can do very little to alleviate but I am talking generally here and focusing mainly on Mental Health issues such as Anxiety, Panic Attacks, Depression and so forth, all of which I think can be helped, and in the main avoided, through natural methods with changes to what we eat, think and do.
A bit of back story:
I used to get very, very anxious and have panic attacks plus lots of other side effects of that. I went to the doctors over it but I didn't want to accept a label and think “I have Generalised Anxiety Disorder” or “I live with a Panic Disorder” and so on and then go down the route of recovery, therapy and all these other words that just made me feel like there was something 'wrong' with me.
Truth is, there wasn't anything 'wrong' with me, nothing was disordered. I was just extremely run-down, worn out. You could argue that that meant there was something wrong and that having a diagnosis and going down the route of therapy and recovery and medication and all that is extremely helpful. I'm not saying it isn't.
What I believe is that simply looking on mental health issues as something that we 'struggle' with or 'suffer' from or 'have to live with' or 'are in recovery from' is putting a negative view on it and weakens us mentally because we feel that we are not 'normal' and 'not capable' of things and so we feel like a victim of something that is bigger than us and we accept help from those we think have the answers but in reality we have FAR more control over our mental health than we think we do.
I found that making dietary and lifestyle changes had a MASSIVE affect on my mental health and now three years later I have very little anxiety and have not had a panic attack in those three years.
What I did to get from where I was to where I am now is what I want to share with you, and raise awareness of, over the next few weeks.
Please follow my progress and help me share my story - Thank you :)