Unapologetically Dealing With My Mental Health

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       This time last year, I was lost. I had gotten caught up in the things of this world, and forgotten who I was. I allowed people’s words and actions to control how I felt about myself. I allowed people to use me, and treat me however they saw fit. I suppressed my emotions. After a few months, all of this became too overwhelming, and I hit rock bottom. I thought to myself,” It cant get any worse than this”. But that summer, I found out rock bottom had a basement. Coping with my emotions that had been suppressed and the unbearable pain that came along with it, was difficult to say the least. But it was the push I needed, and I began to focus on myself.

      Because May is Mental Health Awareness Month, my friend, Camille, and I decided to collab!  She’s sharing her experiences with mental health. Check out her post here!

learning to follow GOD blindly

        This was KEY to handling my mental health struggles. But don’t get me wrong, faith does not cure mental illness. I am not saying that my issues were “prayed away”. God’s love simply encouraged me to find purpose in my life. His grace helped me to understand that I am not the mistakes that I’ve made. I found acceptance in his mercy. I found freedom from the negative perceptions I had of myself. I found a sense of belonging to something greater than myself. 

Journal

      Journaling calms me. It gives me a way to acknowledge my feelings, because I can’t always say them out loud.

journal prompts

  • My happiest memory
  • What have I overcome
  • What makes you happy
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REFLECTING

       One of my FAVORITE ways to reflect, and always manages to put a smile on my face is pulling out my happiness jar. 🙂 If you have no clue what a happiness jar is, it’s a jar full of memories. In 2015, I began writing down 1 happy memory or funny moment from each and adding it into my jar. Now, when I’m feeling down, I just pull out a random post it! A lot of the times, it’s things I haven’t thought about in a really long time. 🙂

I also decorated it to match my room decor!

Self Care

       After months of feeling overwhelmed by my emotions, I decided to focus some of that energy back on myself. This began my self care journey. So, every Sunday, I focus solely on myself. Whether it be mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. I find it to be the best way of starting my week. 🙂

at home self care IDEAS

HUSTLE

       This is how I refocus my attention. Quarantine has had me in a bit of a funk, so I’ve taken this time to perfect my crafts, hobbies, and start new ones. I started my photography company, and long awaited YouTube channel. I’m also working on a few more projects, that I’m excited to announce. Stay Tuned 🙂

Limit Social Media

       Social media can be toxic at times. I can see a post that’ll trigger so many bad thoughts and feelings. So, sometimes I just have to take a break. 

SOME DAYS ARE JUST DARK

       Even though it’s ideal, you can’t always have good days. It is okay to be sad. And although I knew this, I still had a difficult time coping with it. I would get this feeling in my chest, that I couldn’t really explain. A lot of times, I would unsure of what I was feeling and why I was feeling it. 

Activities to reduce anxiety

  • listening to music
  • taking a short drive
  • lighting a candle
  • taking a shower or bath
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

SELF CARE GIVEAWAY!!

CLOSES JUNE 12TH

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