As it is #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek I have decided to share with you what it is that I do to deal with my mental health. As well as a few influencers who have helped me identify what it is I am dealing with, how to deal with it and what the next steps are.
It has been amazing seeing so many people open up about their mental health and sharing their experiences. The more it is discussed the less of a taboo it will be. Also I think if it is talked about more, more people will seek help and hopefully there will be better access to mental health services in the future.
Mental Health Bloggers/Youtubers
First blogger that came to mind was Emmie Unsigned. Emmie writes about relationships, mental health and life. I love how honest Emmie is, I can always take something away from her posts.
I always saw being vulnerable as a weakness, especially because everyone around me saw me as this happy smiley girl, which I was to a degree.
Watching Kate’s video on her experience with depression and anxiety was one of the videos that I really identified with. It’s the video that got me to finally write about my mental health – Is This Anxiety?
Self Care & Managing My Anxiety
I don’t have a self care routine, which is probably why anxiety will randomly creep up on me. However there are a few things that I do to help relax. One thing I need to work on is dealing with the root of the problem, I tend to do a lot of things just to distract myself from my own thoughts. I really need to start dealing with those thoughts head on.
I spend a lot of time listening to music, normally really upbeat songs that I can shake a leg or two to. I have done two Self Love Playlists a collection of songs that promote self love, along with some songs that help lift my mood.
I have found that organisation really helps with anxiety, but I tend not to be very organised. That’s where distracting myself comes in, instead of planning and organising I’ll end up doing something else to take my mind off it.
Blogging has definitely helped, being able to release all my thoughts and feelings in a safe space has really eased my mind. Social media can be great for that also, and I have met some amazing people thanks to my blog and my instagram. But I still haven’t been able to give myself a much needed break from it all. I end up reinstalling apps an hour or two after deleting them. I think it’s because I feel like I’m missing out on something, but it’s doing more harm than good. Many of people have said too much of anything is bad, so balance is defiantly key. Also the lack of activities means I have way too much time on my hands lol.
Doing nothing sometimes helps me. I just need days where I stay at home and chill. Other days I need to keep myself busy so that I’m not left alone with my thoughts, because that tends to be when the over thinking starts.
People always think I’m weird when I say I like washing up,it is normally followed by “Do you want to do my washing then?”. Washing dishes is strangely therapeutic for me, mix that with some load music and I’m in heaven lol. My family doesn’t appreciate the out of tune singing, but them dishes are clean though so..
I am blessed to live with people who want to talk about the same things I do. I think I’d go crazy if I wasn’t able to talk about the things me, my mum and sister discuss.
You have to find what’s right for you, what works for others may not work for you, it’s important to understand that. Also it’s not a race, take your time, go at your own pace and take as much you time as you need. 💗
What does your self care routine look like? Do you have one? Am I the only one who find washing up therapeutic? Surely I can’t be the only one…