On Mental Health Awareness Day last year I wrote this post on taking the first real steps in a long time to take care of my mental health. This post is about the things I’ve learnt a year on from writing that blog.
- Don’t ignore your intuition. If you’re consistently not feeling something, listen to that feeling and work through it.
- Set boundaries. As a recovering people pleaser, setting boundaries seem like an impossible task at first. However stepping back and giving yourself some distance, allocated time and energy for certain situations in life has really improved my overall well-being.
- Admit when you don’t have the capacity, emotional energy or time to deal with something. This does not make you any less of a person!
- It’s not your job to check on every single person in your life but keeping in touch can go a long way. The same for listening.
- Unfollow the people that drain you. Or at the very least, mute the feeds that chip away at your self-esteem and worth.
- Keep processing and talking about your experience. Venting to your mates is great but, honestly, speaking to a professional about those deep-rooted anxieties that constantly come up is well worth the investment.
- Self-expression is survival. Crying, moving, writing, running, singing, anything that takes you out of your head and blows off steam is essential.
At times, I still do the opposite of all these things and that is why I know I need to take a step back to focus on my mental health. Over the past year, I’ve learnt that there is nothing wrong with stepping back or asking for help (two things I still struggle with but I am working on).
I hope you’ve all had a mindful Mental Health Awareness day 2019 and continue growing, healing and processing into the next one. Thanks for reading.
I’m in no way at all a mental health professional, I am just sharing my experiences. If you are feeling sad, lost or overwhelmed please do something for you and speak to your GP or the people that are close to you. Samaritians offer help over the phone, text, in person and even post. The number is 116 123.