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My Curly Hair Diary - Entry #1

I am currently in a funk. In all aspects of my life. My hair has been neglected, I haven’t been drinking enough water, waking up late, not exercising and overall feeling pretty shitty!

This happens from time to time and is perfectly normal, but it can be very frustrating. My mindset is all over the place, I am not motivated, and I feel ‘flat’.

So, I decided to write about it as a form of self-therapy and my first step to shifting the funk!

I think it is important to make it clear this is all about motivation and energy levels. I am not sad, I am not down, and I am not stressed… I am lazy, and I am unproductive, and I am uninspired.

This has been going on now for a few weeks and is possibly linked to everything starting to go back to normal. I had found my stride in the pandemic, working from home, and using the extra time to focus on my curly hair content. However, since going back to the office a few days a week, my sons schedule picking back up and actual social events back in the diary I have found myself slipping. Any down time I do get I find myself sitting around on my phone.

I am at a point now where I feel ready to make some changes and have decided to keep a diary log on my blog to hold myself accountable and to potentially inspire others who may be in the same headspace.

I have already decided on how I plan to go about it and implemented a few strategies already so let’s hope I can turn this around.

My first step is getting back on top of my diet. I personally want to lose a little weight but more than that, my diet massively affects my mood and energy levels and the way I have been eating has contributed to the sluggish feeling. Anyone else feel the same? Like there is only so many carbs I can eat in a day before all I can do it sit down and wait for sleep!

Second will be exercise. I have an ongoing back issue that has held me back with exercise, but I also now realise I may be using it as an excuse to not get back to it. There is plenty I can be doing that won’t affect my back and so I am going to get back to it. I used to exercise around 3-4 times a week, so my goal for now will be 3 times with no pressure beyond that.

I personally find that when I set my goals too high, I tend to struggle with motivation and throw in the towel as soon as I don’t reach it, so setting realistic goals is huge for me!

Another thing I am going to change is my habits. I have spent way too much time on my phone doing pointless and timewasting tasks like scrolling socials, playing games, and watching Tik Tok! This needs to stop (not completely, we all need a small daily Tik Tok fix).

(NOTE: My procrastination set in while I was writing this, and I just wasted 10 minutes on Tik Tok – WTF)

ANYWAY – The final and main thing I want and NEED to sort out is my hair routine. The past year I have been super consistent with my hair and kept up a good routine which has meant my hair had gotten to the healthiest it has ever been, however the past month or so has been shocking. In between wash days I will drag it up into a bun and give it no love or attention and that desperately needs to change.

I am currently trying to grow it now and to do that well and quickly I need to look after it. So, the main change I am going to make is getting back on my routine and remaining consistent.

With the lack of time and busier schedules this will likely mean more protective styles etc but that is fine. The main aim and focus for me is health and length.

This may sound corny, but I already feel better and more motivated just by writing this out and putting it down on paper. That is the power of journaling people! If you don’t do it already, I would highly recommend. You don’t need to post it to a public forum like I have but just journal about your life, how you feel and things that are worrying you. It helps to get it down in the moment and for reference when looking back at how far you have come.

If you have stumbled across this and have felt similar recently drop a comment below on how you work to get out of a funk, any tips and advise are welcomed.

This is my first entry into what I hope to be a regular diary of my life and more specifically my curls. I obviously track using pictures and videos over on my Instagram but find that writing in blog style can be more helpful and provide more insight to those who want it!

Bye for now!

Ella x

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