Everyone has their own technique on dealing with their mental health and others want to try different things. There’s just something great about helping and finding ways to better yourself because we all known having any type of mental disorder can be hindering in life. Here are a few things Samara and I came up with
Talk to someone, anyone
Not everyone wants to physically go out and talk to someone because it can be daunting. How about texting a friend? In this day and age of social media many people have mutuals alike online so why not talk to them about how you feel and what’s on your mind because the truth is many more people find it easier to talk to someone or be open to people that don’t know because they feel safer and less judged. There are also many help lines, some open 24/7 please reach out. Don’t suffer alone.
Find a positive escape
When I go through low moods, I often find myself dwelling on my situation, which leads to me overthinking, which leads to me being stressed which leads me to feeling anxious, which leads.. (tbh you know where I’m going with this). But I found that once I did something to occupy my time with, I had less time to dwell on what’s going on with my situation. For instance, I started blogging as my escape, giving advice (that I’m still learning to take), and essentially helping others while helping myself. Whether it’s reading, writing, exercising or even baking, finding a hobby to put your time into will really help you focus less on whats going on with you and more on what’s going on around you.
Don’t isolate yourself
I know the vast majority of us live with our phones on Do Not Disturb, and when you feel low, you’re less likely to turn that setting off. You’re less likely to go out because you “can’t be asked”, and you find yourself alone more often especially while at university. While being alone is sometimes good (it allows for self reflection, learn to love your own company, and so on), when you’re feeling less like yourself, being alone can amplify that feeling and make you feel worse overall. Honestly, when you don’t feel like doing something, that’s the best time to do it. Make an effort to see your friends, and even though you may not be up for it before you go, you will definitely not regret it when you get back home (tried and tested, trust me).
I have the poorest time management in the world, and when I’m feeling low, it definitely gets worse. Feeling out of control is something easily associated with anxiety and with so much in the world that you can’t control, it’s not hard for you to feel flustered and want to just give up on everything you’ve got going on. Try to keep a diary and set yourself weekly goals and targets. This will not only help you keep on top of everything going on in your life, but will also help you feel more accomplished once you can tick off the weeks list. It may seem menial, but the little things add up and make you feel much much better.
Take care of yourself
Before anything, I know it’s not easy. Question: when was the last time you had a decent meal? No not Mcdonalds or KFC no. A home cooked meal or going out for a proper dinner. The fulfilment of having a decent meal can make you feel so much better. When was the last time you treated yourself to a new book? changed your sheets? Anything. You have to take care of yourself. Please check in with yourself because no one matters more than you. You matter, you always will and remember we see you, we hear you, you are not alone and know healing takes time.
Listen to me, You are not your mental illness.
”Separating yourself from your illness is hard but once you see things for what they are, you can be free to be yourself without the cloud of paranoia and delusion hanging over your head.”psychologytoday.com
The blog post was in collaboration with Samara Abigail Martin who is a nurse and Lifestyle blogger who in her words is living her best life and sharing her adventures. Check out her blog! https://samaraaabigail.com!