Today's self-care tip is to ask someone to join you in your self care practice, whether you are struggling or not.
When we do things with others this allows us to achieve, connect and enjoy all at the same time.
Take some time to slow down.
If you have been busy take some time to slow down there are so many benefits to slowing down.
Slowing down helps you to feel healthier and happier.
It helps to reduce stress and allows you time to reflect.
Try slowing down your pace.
Take it easy.
World Mental Health Awareness week, to each and every person who suffers, remind yourself that each time you get out of bed and battle through each day, that you're a lot more stronger than you think 💛 #onedayatatime
One great way to take care of yourself and mental well-being is by journalling.
You can start a gratitude journal where you write down 3-5 things that you're grateful for every day. This allows you to reflect and also focus on the positives in your life or day to bring you more happiness and improve your mental well-being.
Everyday we see new faces, everyday we meet new people, everyday we smile at each other, everyday we wish each other well, everyday there is some sort of small talk being conversed. But sometimes we don’t get a chance to see through one another. We don’t notice it because each individual is afraid to come out in the world and share their sadness or what they’re going through mentally. Anxiety, depression, stress, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, OCD, eating disorders etc. these are illnesses that are not to be taken lightly. These are illnesses that are a part of people lives and they don’t know how to deal with it. Because they are afraid to be judged, afraid to be looked at in a certain way and let me tell you this, it’s not okay. You are not allowed to tell them “it’s okay, you’ll get over it” or “you need to sort out your issues” because they don’t want to hear that. They want you to hold their hand and give them a hug for support. Open your ears and listen to what they have to say and what is making them suffer.
Depression and anxiety took over my world a couple of years ago. I didn’t know how to fight it, I didn’t know how to share it. What helped me through was my training and blowing off steam each day. The sweat washed away the pain and it gave me relief. Each day I know I can fight this inner demon that causes me nothing but suffering. I share this photo showing you my other half.
I recently started an initiative for mental health awareness with 3 of my good friends. Each of us has been through something related to mental health. We talked, discussed and decided to bring it to life. “Let it out” is a world where we are telling you that you are not alone. You want to share your story, you come out and tell us. We are here for you. We throw this rope of hope at you from up the hill so you can grab it and we pull you up. Talk to your friends and loved ones who are in pain. Just be there for them. It will mean the world to them. So don’t be scared. Let it out. @let.it.out.community #mentalhealthawarness#mentalhealth#letitout#shareyourstory#dontbeafraid#mentalhealthawarenessmonth#mentalhealthillness
It is #mentalhealthawareness warenessweek.
The theme is #Stress
We are really excited to be providing you with lots of ways you can take care of yourself to reduce stress.
Keep your eyes peeled on our story, where we will keep you updated throughout the week.
When I wrote this post on my blog, I imagined I was at a safe enough distance from the most trying phase of my life to be able to write as objectively as I possibly could
And I did
The words found me
Like they always have
And in finding me, they've exposed me to those parts of myself that I'm still growing into getting comfortable with
I typed and backspaced
Typed and backspaced
Typed and backspaced
Not sentences or even paragraphs
But one word: ILLNESS
It's not in the post title but it's in the blogpost. I experienced quite the struggle in naming my mental health issues out aloud as an 'illness'
Which it undoubtedly is
Irrespective of where on the Richter scale of mental health gloom and doom I have found myself at
In writing this post out, I've let myself be seen a bit more
Beyond that envious hashtag-quit-her-job-travels-and-is-an-independent-solopreneur-boss-lady
Pro tip: Perfect does not exist. Normal is a subjective term.
To that tiny population of folks who've reached out to express what reading the blogpost has done for you, I will always owe you my gratitude. It takes nerve to want to reach out. I see you and I hear you
To those who've read the blogpost and experienced something move within them but don't want to reach out, I see you and hear you too
To those who've been meaning to but haven't gotten around to reading the blogpost because you're not sure what it could trigger, I understand
And to the MEN folk out there, I see and hear you too. It's not easy accepting to yourself that something isn't feeling alright on the inside. Especially when the macro narrative advocates that "Boys don't cry!" (goddamn you, patriarchy). But I hope you find the courage to reach out and breakfree from the narratives that stopped serving you a long long time ago
It's been a mental weekend and it's set to get busier as I head into my final exams, it was so nice to switch off from the madness and relax. When you feel stress building remember to take a step back and take some time to relax ❤
Head over to YouTube where you can find @jordynwithawhyyymodels unboxing video.
Thank you so much Jordyn for sharing your experience of your Good to Me box and your experience with mental health.
You can get your box, or get a box as a gift for somebody who you feel would benefit from it right now.
New blog post alert!
Where I write about living with and learning from my mental health issue(s). Link's on my profile 📌
"I'd had an Imposter Syndrome lurking around, evaluating whether what I was going through was worthy enough to be talked about.
I would realise later that this was the illness making me believe untrue things to be true. So I trained myself to rewrite my inner narrative that my illness did not need to be measurable on a Richter scale to merit a mention anywhere."
✨ I am no longer a Victim✨
It all really started at a very young age, I was 17 years old when it all began. I would feel angry in the morning for no reason and as the the day went on I would feel happy and cheerful and then I would come home and that H I G H felt of emotion would just wind down. I had trouble sleeping at night that I would try and take anything to just make my mind just keep going at night. .
❌I would steal my parents alcohol to ease my mind OR
❌Take several aspirin to just make me drowsy enough to sleep. .
This went on for a couple of months until it no longer W O R K E D. .
I needed to get help, and that's when my dad took me to see a professional. I went to therapy through majority of my senior year of High School and through therapy is where we discovered that I had a Bipolar disorder. At 17 I really did not know much of what was going, Except
. ❌I felt mind just didn't stop going and continuously on
❌That I just felt like a roller coaster ride of emotions. .
The doctor suggested to be on medication and I was just so R E A D Y for a solution.. At that point I didn’t care what the solution was, I just wanted to feel BETTER. My dad was completely supportive of the process, my mom on the other hand ,thought I was too young to be taking medication, but we convinced her anyway.
I was on Bipolar medication for 3 years. I will say during that time I really couldn't tell you how I felt or remember much to be honest. I knew that I married my high school sweetheart and just kinda went with the flow. I felt “better” and that is all I cared about.
Until I got pregnant with my first baby at 20 years old. I was S U P E R excited but grew concerns about taking medication while pregnant. I asked trusty old “Google” as to what I should do, & the conclusion was that I needed to get off them if I wanted to prevent any harm to my baby. So I did just that!
I cut my medication cold turkey! I didn't think much of it, and to be honest first couple of years it went by fine. Until the sleepless nights began A G A I N, and the emotional roller coasters started to come back.
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When I first heard that my employer were offering a Mental Health First Aid course I wanted to attend but I was reluctant to sign up. I felt like a fraud for going on a course about Mental Health when I’m currently receiving threapy myself. I spoke to my manager about it. He said you are the best person to go on this course because you know what it’s like to suffer from mental health illness and you can support your colleagues if/when they need it. You should go. Yesterday I went on the course and I learnt about the different types of illnesses. I learnt how I can support my colleagues by listening in a non judgemental way and signposting them to relevant organisations and websites. If any of you can attend this course, please do. It will be beneficial for you, your colleagues and your organisation. The founder of this initiative is an amazing person called @poppyjaman. ❤️ She is a Mental Health advocate and encourages the South Asian community to speak openly about issues they are experiencing. Her podcast with @bryonygordon is from the heart, funny and raises important issues. @poppyjaman is someone I instantly related to as soon as I heard her speak. In the podcast episode she discussed how there wasn’t any leaflets translated in any other languages so she couldn’t explain to her family about what post natal depression was. As a community we need to talk about mental health illness. Let’s start the dialogue so we can raise the next generation to be aware of the illnesses and not view it as a taboo. #mentalhealth#mentalhealthawareness#mentalhealthmatters#mentalhealthadvocate#mentalhealthfirstaid#mentalhealthillness#mentalhealthissues#bryonygordon#poppyjaman#southasian#asians#gujarati#gujaratimother