Hi guys I know I’ve been really quiet lately but there is a reason for that. I’m taking a little break from blogging and concentrating on other things such as looking after myself. But as it’s World Mental Health Day, I thought it would be appropriate to write a little post that I hope will help people cope better. I have suffered with depression and anxiety, I know exactly how it feels to go live with it every day. I hope this post will help you now or in the future, although I hope you never have to go through anything like it.
1. Make time for yourself
I’ve found this to be so important. I have become such an independent person over the last two years.. and to be honest with you, I absolutely love it. Run yourself a nice bath, drop a nice bath bomb in, put relaxing music on, leave your phone in your bedroom and just relax, perfect! Pick up a book and make time to read it in a quiet room. Do something nice and relaxing that will help you hide from the world for an hour or two!
2. Exercise/ Go for long walks
Lately I have concentrated more on my fitness. It’s so important to keep fit as you only get one body and one life, so look after yourself! Go outside and explore the area, breathe in the fresh air and appreciate the little things in life such as wildlife and nature! Do a few exercises a couple of times a day. It doesn’t have to be major exercises where you’ll be stiff for days, it can be a few squats and sit ups, stick to it and you’ll soon see a difference in your appearance and your happiness!
3. Treat yourself
Do you want that cake? New pair of shoes? New wardrobe? GO FOR IT! Sometimes a treat is good for you, especially if you work for it. Set yourself a target and if you complete it, go treat yourself!
4. Eat healthier
This is a bit of an obvious one but a healthy diet = healthy mind. Eating healthier can make you feel so much happier in yourself and your body will thank you for it! Try out new recipes and ingredients, try something different! Eating healthier can improve the way you feel even if you think that big bar of galaxy will cheer you up!
5. Cut out negativity
One of the things that triggered my depression and anxiety was the amount of negativity that was in my life. One day I decided to completely cut it out of my life and I became a different person. I became happy! Whether it’s a toxic friendship/relationship, wrong job or something else, you have every right to be happy and to get rid of that one thing that makes you unhappy. Sometimes you need to be selfish to be happy.
6. Do something different
When I was at my lowest, I started a blog. Something I wanted to do since I was 14. I felt as if people would laugh, make fun of me and put me down if I started a blog, and I was right, people did laugh. I started my blog May 2016, which is only a few months ago but it changed my life! I was so determined to ignore those petty people stuck in the 20th century and I’m so glad I did! In the small amount of time I’ve been blogging, I have spoken to amazing people, made online friendships and collaborated with an amazing company in London! Blogging has made me think about going down a new career path in Media, so I went back to college to study again! If there’s anything you want to start doing whether its a blog, taking up a sport, changing careers.. Do it! It’s never too late to try something different, you never know, it might make you a better, happier person! Don’t worry what others think.. they’re only jealous!!!
Everyone suffering needs to understand that you are not alone. So many people are suffering every day. Always seek help. It’s better to talk to someone than to keep it in. If you have any questions or just want a general chat about mental health, please do not hesitate to contact me, I would love to help you. Thanks for reading x
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