Mental Wellness Tips with Fitness Model, Csenge Pallag.

For the past 12 years, Csenge has been training clients to help them reach their fitness potential and improve their lifestyle. Originally from Hungary, her passion for health and fitness started at the very young age of sixteen. Csenge took great interest in learning about the negative effects of highly processed foods and sugar has on the body, which led her to introduce a better lifestyle and physical harmony. 

In 2018, Csenge started competing in IFBB competitions which took her fitness career to a whole other level, however, during her early competition years, Csenge struggled to maintain a healthy mindset. She focused so much on being perfect that she slipped into a negative and unhealthy mindset. In the past few years, Csenge has adapted her way of thinking to become the best version of herself. She has shared with Maple her top three tips on how to combat mental struggles, and how we can too during lockdown.  

  1. Take a walk and listen to a podcast 

“It’s great for your mind, I go for a daily walk because it switches my mind off from being at home all the time during lockdown. It also allows me to increase my daily activity, other than training at home or doing my usual cardio running, it’s a simple way to increase my daily activity! Whilst doing that, I love listening to a podcast, I mainly listen to ‘The Mind Builder Podcast – by Amer Kamra’ or something that is enjoyable to me.”

  1. Increase your veggies 

“Being at home the majority of the time right now because of lockdown, I want to snack more and the kitchen is too close by… *haha*. I advise people to eat more veggies, it’s simple. My go-to snack right now is cucumber, I add a little bit of spice and it tastes good! Veggies are important for mental health as they contain lots of water and fibre, keeping you super hydrated is important for aiding sleep and a clear mind” 

  1. Breathwork

“Focusing on my breathwork is something I have started doing recently and it has really helped to clear my mind, 10 minutes a day helps your mind come back to the moment. When we meditate, it sometimes allows our mind to wander in places we maybe don’t want it to. The combination of breathwork and meditation allows us to stay focused, you can find so many easy breathwork guides for beginners on YouTube.”

Csenge’s Quick Healthy Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1 Egg (1/4 cup dairy free milk for vegan)
  • 1/2 Cup Oats
  • 2Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • Drop of Stevia

Combine all ingredients and bake in the over for 25 minutes at 160Cviola!

Naomi Baird