“Self care is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.” – Audre Lorde
It’s Mental Health Awareness Month which means this month we are educating the public, spreading vital important about mental health and creating ways to continue fighting the stigma. As someone who has struggled with mental health issues such as low self esteem, anxiety and depression. I can reassure you that you’re not in this fight alone.
For this blog, I wanted to share small things I’ve been doing to stay on top of my mental health. Rather it’s something simple as taking a break from social media or seeking a professional therapist. I’ve started taking the necessary steps to become a better and healthier me. I hope that you are also ready to begin the journey of healing and growing 🙂
Keep reading to see what small changes I’ve made on my journey of bettering my mental health.
WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?
Mental Health is a combination of your emotional, psychological, and social well being. It can have major affects on our though process, feelings, our behavior and the way we make choices. Mental health is important in every stage of our lives from adolescence through adulthood.https://www.mentalhealth.gov/basics/what-is-mental-health
Common signs you MAY be living with mental health problems:
- Experiencing feelings of worthlessness
- Having low energy
- Having thoughts of harming yourself
- Not being able to perform daily tasks such as eating, working, taking care of personal hygiene etc.
- Living in constant fear of worry
- Experiencing really bad mood swings
- Lost of passion towards things you love
- Overuse of drugs and alcohol
- Wanting to avoid social events or hanging around family and friends
- Feelings of sadness and desperation
Small ways I’ve been checking in on my mental health:
- Constantly Checking in on myself
I’ve made it a habit to check in on myself daily with asking questions such as “How are you feeling today?,” “What do I need from myself today?” or “Why am I feeling so upset right now?” Instead of ignoring my feelings, I embrace and acknowledge them.
2. Showering myself with love and affection
“I love myself,” “I look so amazing today,” or “My feelings are valid.” Saying positive affirmations to yourself and creating an affirmations jar will help with boosting self esteem and self love. Begin every morning with saying ten things you love about yourself. You will begin to see a drastic change in your mood and the way you view yourself as you continue to shower yourself with love.
3. Daily scheduled reminders
This is one of my favorite ways to stay on top of my mental health. Every three hours for seven days a week I have scheduled 6 reminders on my phone through out the day to help me remember that: “I am worthy,” “To stay focused,” “To slow down, stop and breathe,” “That I am loved, blessed and happiness,” “I have so much in store for me,” and “To never settle.” I could be having a bad day and an alert could come through on my phone and change my day around. I suggest everyone to try this great method out!
4. Removing myself from toxic environments and entertainment
Television shows and music can have a way of changing some peoples perception of “real life” and can cause someone to behave in ways that are not like them. Be very careful of the music you are listening to, the movies you’re watching, places you frequent often and the people you surround yourself with. These things can have a major impact on a person’s mental health.
5. Reading self help books
I’ve started reading more self help books about loving myself, healing, relationships and mental health.
Some of my favorite current books:
6. Self-Therapy and Seeking a therapist
Of course going to see a licensed therapist will always be number one when seeking help with mental health issues. There are so many options you can choose from such as online therapy, psychotherapy, self therapy etc. that are effective and affordable. One way you can get help without spending money is YOUTUBE videos. I have found amazing therapists on YOUTUBE who have given great FREE advice on how to battle codependency, anxiety, depression and so much more. If you don’t have the funds for a licensed therapist then try searching for therapy advice on YouTube.
7. JOURNAL, Prayer and Meditation
There has been plenty of great benefits from using these methods. Writing allows you to get all of your thoughts and emotions out in a healthy way. Prayer (if you are a religious person) allows you to seek guidance and advice from a higher source. Meditation allows you to relax your mind and body. You are able to find peace and stillness doing ten minutes or more of yoga/meditation a day.
If you are struggling with a mental health issue research can help you understand what you are going through better. Simply google whatever thoughts, feelings or questions you may have about mental health. The internet is a free tool so why not use it to expand your knowledge on eating disorders, paranoia, bipolar disorder and more.
9. Taking breaks from social media
Every month I take a week break from my personal social media to spend more time with myself and the “real world.” Sometimes you need to detox from the drama and everything else that social media brings. Try staying off social media for a weekend and see what differences it will make with your mental health.