In the overwhelming speed of today’s world, it’s more important now than ever to look after oneself both physically and mentally. Social media plays a part in raising our stress levels, Instagram a platform where many compare their ‘mediocre’ lifestyles to the ‘perceived’ lifestyle of celebrities, influencers and peers.
Just this week, Kylie Jenner—youngest sibling of the Kardashian/Jenner clan and youngest “self-made” (cough) billionaire ever—put a heartfelt perspective on her enviable life. (Albeit from the lavish island of Turks and Caicos where the star had previously flown a group of girlfriends on a private jet emblazoned with her own name.)
“I’m proud of myself, my heart, and my strength. Growing up in the light with a million eyes on you just isn’t normal. I’ve lost friends along the way and I’ve lost myself too sometimes, my first tattoo was ‘sanity’ to remind myself everyday to keep it. I’ve struggled with anxiety my whole young adult life and after my baby I dealt with all the internal ups and downs. I felt like I had to find myself completely again. I keep a whole lot to myself but just wanted to share and let you know I’m human. My life is not perfect and what you see here on social media is just the surface. Be gentle with yourself, move on, and let go. We are all capable of great things, worthy of love, and allowed to express ourselves. Do more of what makes you happy and be unapologetic. Now is your season, we all have a magnificent destiny.”
Anxiety and mental health don’t judge based on billions in the bank, they attach themselves to anybody and everybody, making it our personal responsibility to look after ourselves and those around us; be it through meditating, healthy eating, mindfulness, exercising, self awareness, holistic therapies, or whatever else floats our boats.
Take a look at the hashtag #nomad on Instagram and you’ll see a deluge of images with captions of how people have sold everything they own to move halfway the world and live a simple life in order to declutter their minds; people talking about how life is an adventure whilst attempting a yoga pose as the sun is rising behind them; people with laptops and flat whites telling the story of how ‘this’ is their office of the day. Tomorrow who knows?
We have the power to change ourselves and the world we inhabit, our mental health and fitness playing a pivotal role, so let’s take a good long look at ourselves and dominate that change. Smile, take time out to read, think, look, see, do. Take that yoga class, make that vitamin packed smoothie, cycle for miles outside or inside on spinning bikes, meditate, book that plane ticket and share the secrets of your happiness far and wide. Health, both mental and physical are the key to the future, how will you choose to look after yours?