It’s something I don’t talk about as much as I should, considering anxiety, depression and a few other issues have been a part of my life since childhood. But I am made to feel ashamed and embarrassed about my mental health like I’m not a whole person.
As a mother of three girls, it also weighs on me that I am their role model (along with Fancy Nancy, Vampirina, and Elena of Avalor 🙂 ) and how I feel about myself, what I say about myself and appearance – they hear those things. They sense it. The more I learn about child development and mental health, the more I realize that I need to be more careful in how I speak around my children – and how I speak to myself.
I am no longer taking medications or seeing a therapist for my mental health issues. It was a hard choice, but in the end, the side effects of the meds, and the anxiety therapy caused (rather than helped) brought about this decision. It’s what’s best for ME, at this point in time. I know several people who are taking meds and they are doing well. Same with therapy. It just wasn’t for me. I think you need to do what’s best for you at the moment, and that’s all you can do.
I am finding other ways to deal with depression, anxiety and the other issues I am diagnosed with. Pinterest has so many great self-care boards. I hate exercise, but taking a quick 20-minute walk on the trail behind our house can be really calming. On really bad days, I try to at least get up and wash my hair. If I can do that, I know I will feel so much better physically, even if my mood is crap.
Another thing I’ve been doing is journaling. I started this on my 32nd birthday (end of May 2018) and have around 117 entries so far. I use Google Docs to do this and even if I only write a sentence or two, it helps me.
Don’t wait for twenty years to get help – like I did. Talk to someone. Reach out. There are people in your life who care about you, even when it doesn’t seem that way. You can even message me if you want. I may not have the right advice, but I’m a good listener 😉
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