2022 Finally sorting my mental health out.
Updated: Jan 28
I have not wrote a blog post in years.
So I have decided that 2022 is the year that I start writing and recording my own music again and really staying in touch with my fan base and keep my social media pages up to date.
The past ten years have been really tough for me personally, a lot of trauma and being diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 32 I have found it a real struggle lately to be passionate about music.
For the past five years I have been gigging , mostly doing covers and a few of my own songs at each show. I really have not had the motivation to record any new music. I literally have so much material just sitting waiting to get produced but I just didn't have the energy or motivation to do anything with all of the songs I has wrote.
ADHD makes you really self destructive and I would have extreme bouts of anxiety and depression between periods of hyperactivity. The worst thing is the brain fog and the procrastination. It can be very frustrating knowing that you have so much talent but you can't apply yourself properly as your brain does not work correctly.
ADHD also make people impulsive and makes you make really bad decisions.
I think over the past ten years I let really negative people in to my life that drained me mentally and physically.
Anyway 2022 and I am feeling on fire for the first time in a long, long time. The past 3 years I have put myself and my health first. I realise that I am on the autistic spectrum and I will have ADHD and dyslexia for the rest of my life and I had to make big changes if I am going to reach my potential. So here's what I did.........
1. I cut out alcohol
I now only drink on special occasions and when I do drink I drink a glass of water in between each drink. It really helps me to make good decisions and for me not to get drunk which can make me very self destructive. I used to suffer from anxiety after I drank and it was horrendous. I really don't want to feel that out of control steaming drunk ever again and I am now just happy to just have a couple of drinks and call it a night.
2. Drink bottled water every day .
Water from the tap contains so many chemicals that make ADHD 100% worse. This is one of the changes I have noticed makes a HUGE difference to my concentration. Do you know that the brain is the last place to get water if you are dehydrated? No wonder not drinking enough water made me feel exhausted and my concentration and ADHD was a hundred times worse.
3. Eat only organic fruit.
Normal fruit from big chain supermarkets contain so many pesticides and have less vitamins than organic fruit. Organic fruit and veg contains all the nutrients you need and when you have vitamin deficiencies it will make Autism, Attention deficit hyperactivity Disorder and other mental disorders like Anxiety or depression a million times worse.
When I was younger I was a total party animal always out clubbing. Having a regular bed time is crucial if you have any mental health issue. I need ten hours sleep a night as ADHD is a disease that effects your sleep cycle. People with Autism, Attention deficit hyperactivity Disorder don't go through the correct REM cycle of sleep, we don't get enough of this sleep cycle and this is the crucial part of the brain that cleans out all the toxins from the brain and restores and resets the body. Now I know why I used to walk around like a Zombie until I woke up properly at 12 mid day.
I also practise clean sleep where I charge my phone and put it over the other side of the room so that I am not distracted as the blue light on tablets and smart phones can effect your circadian rhythm and this totally knocks out your sleep pattern.
Meditation helps clear my mind. I have a playlist of positive affirmations and relaxing music that I have made on Spotify. I love to sit on my own in the dark and close my eyes and let all the negative and anxious thoughts melt away. Sometimes I listen to this playlist lying in the sun when its hot in the summer or out walking my dog Mr Bald.
I then think of ten things I am grateful in my life and I really feel how happy and grateful I am for everything in my life. I have found more good things come into my life when I am happy in the present moment and I let the Law of Attraction work its magic :) .
6. Vitamin D3.
This has literally changed my life. I have been taking this for 3 weeks and my mental clarity is just amazing. I feel like this is a thousand times better than taking Ritalin.
Ritalin gave me so many nasty side effects and brought my skin out in horrible scabs and eczema it was horrendous. I now feel energetic and happy for the first time in years. I haven't had so much energy since I was a teenager . I have a real spring in my step and I feel like I am actually looking forward to life again.
Honestly since I have changed all of these little things in my life I feel like a new women.
Excited to be alive and looking forward to the future.
I can't wait to share my music again with you guys and film cool music videos and really get my creative spark back.
There have been times in my life where I have been suicidal it really was that bad living with Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder.
Honestly guys I can not stress enough for you all to change your diet, eat clean and take vitamins and concentrate in getting as many nutrients into your body as you can and watch the mental health problems fade away !!! :) Good Luck and I hope you all get as good results as I have.
Love Ashley xxx