Why I've Been Away From Social Media.....

A few months ago I started to feel like my body was shutting down. My skin was constantly breaking out, I had no energy, I was gaining weight, and just feeling awful constantly.  Because of everything, I was feeling pretty depressed and my anxiety was at an all-time high. I stopped posting photos on Instagram because I thought it was wrong to post a photo where I look so happy but in reality felt so crappy.

I knew I had to make a few changes:

- social media detox. I deleted all my apps off my phone, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Facebook. I was no longer aimlessly scrolling and feeling bad that I didn't have any content to post. This also let me figure out what I truly wanted out of social media. Did I want to have an account just for fun and not really care? Or do I want to make this a business? If you were wondering, I came to the conclusion that I really want to make this a business and inspire the people who follow me. I'm hoping people leave my page, blog etc feeling happier than they arrived. Even if it's just a few people that are influenced that will make it worthwhile.

- working out. Pretty simple but I completely fell off my workout routine. I had no energy that I couldn't even make it to the gym, it was a real problem. I love working out and it makes me really happy so I've made a commitment to go 3-4 times a week no matter what. Getting to the gym is really the hardest part. I have never regretted a workout.

- skin. Diet is a huge factor when it comes to skin but I will talk about that below. The biggest advice I can give you is to figure out what your skin type is. I thought I was oily my entire life but I'm actually combination and yes those are different.  Now research products; I go on Sephora and read almost every review before I make a purchase.  And sometimes those products don't work out for me but that's ok! At least I'm narrowing what works and what doesn't.

- diet. Ok, everyone is going to gasp when they read this. My entire life I have avoided vegetables and fruit. I'm a very picky eater and have gotten away with eating what I've wanted thus far. Maybe turning 28 last year was the game changer but I felt AWFUL. I think I texted my Mom a few times telling her I was dying, yes I'm dramatic. I began cooking all my meals so I could control what goes in them and figure out what my body wants. I have found out my body LOVES protein and cannot function without. My body also needs a good combination of fruit and vegetables.  If I can't eat enough of fruit/veg I will make a smoothie to make it easier (no milk just water added). My skin has also never been better by this diet change which I'm definitely happy about! I know it seems like this was such a simple change but I was legit eating burritos and pizza every night, I'm proud of myself! And I have become such a good little chef (toot my own horn heh).

If anyone is feeling the way I did maybe its time to take a detox and really focus on what the main issue is. I always suggest writing things down so you can see clearly what's going on. I think I hit a point where change was so needed that it was easy to make those adjustments. I can't promise everyone will have an easy time making changes but I can promise it will be so so worth it.

I'm happy to report that I finally feel healthy. 


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