Hey there, here is Heythem. I’m a psychology graduate with a deep curiosity in the interplay between mental and physical health. With a strong foundation in psychology and a strong dedication to physical fitness and martial arts, I want to explore the connections between the mind and body.
Who I am
I write about the connection between mental and physical health and ultimately seek to promote a comprehensive approach to physical and mental health.
With a background in psychology and a love for MMA, I am enthusiastic about exploring the profound effects of exercise, healthy habits, and positive mental states on health. I want to inspire others to prioritize mental and physical well-being.
Growing up in Germany with Iraqi roots, I had the unique experience of navigating two cultures. This dual identity often left me feeling caught between two worlds, neither entirely German nor Iraqi. It required me to find my place and understand where I belonged.
During my childhood, I had an immense love for football (the one where they actually use their feet…), which provided an outlet for self-expression and a sense of belonging. The sport became an important part of my life, teaching me discipline, teamwork, and perseverance. It also sparked my interest in physical fitness and a passion for staying active.
After completing high school, I took my first solo trip through Australia and Asia. These travels exposed me to diverse cultures. I loved immersing myself in new environments and discovering the beauty of different traditions, landscapes, and people. It was a time of self-discovery and personal growth.
After my travels, I found myself at a bit of a crossroads, unsure of my next steps. During this uncertain period, I stumbled upon an opportunity to volunteer at a school for mentally handicapped children, where I witnessed the resilience and strength of the human spirit. This experience made me curious. It made me explore the complexities of the human mind.
So, I decided to pursue a degree in Psychology at the University of Luxembourg. At the same time, I developed an interest in bodybuilding and MMA, which allowed me to explore the connection between physical fitness and mental well-being. These pursuits complemented my studies and added a new dimension to my growth.
During that time, I fell in love with BJJ. I started training and never looked back. It has benefitted my life and taught me a lot about my inner potential. Honestly, BJJ had a profound effect on my physical and mental health and has been a passion of mine ever since. That’s why I want to educate you on this Blog, especially on the beautiful art of jiu-jitsu.
After completing my Psychology degree, I volunteered in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda. It was a humbling experience to contribute to meaningful projects and immerse myself in the cultures of East Africa. Here, I also had the chance to visit local BJJ Gyms.
It’s honestly so cool to visit Jiu-Jitsu classes wherever I go. The experiences and encounters in Africa impacted me immensely, prompting a period of self-reflection and introspection. Once again, I found myself at a crossroads, contemplating my next steps with excitement and uncertainty.
This uncertainty about my future direction led me to start this Blog. Through this platform, I want to share my experiences, insights, and vulnerabilities, connecting with others on similar paths of self-discovery and personal growth.
I am deeply grateful to have you join me on this journey as we navigate the complexities of life, embrace our passions, and seek fulfillment in our shared pursuit of a purposeful existence.
Why I started this Blog
I am creating this Blog due to my own challenges with both physical and mental health. My experiences shaped my understanding and ignited a passion for exploring the interconnectedness of these two aspects of well-being. Through my journey, I witnessed the profound impact of exercise and healthy habits on one’s overall health and happiness.
My path has been diverse, characterized by weight fluctuations and moments of anxiety and depression. I went from being overweight to achieving a skinny physique. Then I pursued a muscular physique, only to find myself back in a state of being overweight. Similarly, my mental state has fluctuated, often leaving me anxious and uncertain about my place in the world.
However, through dedication and perseverance, I found myself on a positive trajectory, both physically and mentally. And this all came when I started training BJJ.
Along the way, I experimented with various diets, exploring the realms of veganism, vegetarianism, and carnivorous eating. I explored multiple sports and fitness activities.
Simultaneously, I developed a deep love for Psychology. Combining my passion for Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and my love for psychology, I aim to uncover the connections between the mind and body and share my insights, experiences, and recommendations with others.
Through this Blog, I invite you to join me in discussing my struggles, the lessons I learned, the methods that have proven effective for me, and the wisdom I gained through my mental and physical health exploration. By sharing my own experiences and vulnerabilities, I hope to connect with individuals who are also navigating the path of self-discovery and personal growth.
Thank you for reading through my “About Me” Page.