Let’s Chat: Mental Health

This month Mental Health Awareness day was talked about and celebrated. I listened to some podcasts about it on that day and I’ve listened to some for the past year. It’s something that isn’t talked about on a day to day basis. I’m still very much in the thick of my mental health journey and I know that I will forever be fighting some sort of battle with my depression, but I also have hope that my “sad” days will turn into gratitude, joyous moments, being in the moment, less pain free, and healing. I still hold shame when it comes to sharing some personal stuff but I’m hoping with time, I will learn to shed that shame and be proud of what I have overcome throughout the years (and currently).

I wanted to really jump into this and tell all these stories over the years that really left me depressed but I never really said it out loud. Kind of like when I used to give AA meetings and someone would bravely stand up and say my name is so and so and I’m an alcoholic. This is the same with depression. So hello my names Samantha and I suffer from depression. Some people think that this is in your head but it’s not. It’s a real issue that some people are scared to admit. But like I said I really wanted to get into Mental Health and shoot all the statistics and facts to you guys but I felt like today I need to share some “Mental Health Self Care” tips for people who may need it today (or the rest of the week). I know, personally, that these past few weeks have been trying and triggering. So I encourage you, if you’re still reading this and deal with mental health, to try some of these things out to take care of YOU.

Here are some Mental Health Self Care tips for the Body, Mind, and Soul:

1/ start a gratitude journal

2/ write a love letter to yourself

3/ speak kindly to yourself

4/ go to your favorite place (museum, that park bench, that coffee spot, that tree you like to read under, library, browse barnes and noble)

5/ STOP COMPARING YOURSELF (your journey is beautiful)

6/ Craft (paint, DIY project, color in a color book, make friendship bracelets)

7/ unplug from your phone / social media

8/ watch the sunrise / sunset

9/ eat and enjoy your favorite snack

10/ declutter your space

11/ read a book

12/ move your body (hike, yoga, spin class, walk, run, swim)

13/ take a bath

14/ scream

15/ reconnect with nature

16/ buy yourself flowers

17/ dance

18/ smile at yourself in the mirror

19/ leave love notes in random places

20/ remind yourself that some (most) things are just out of your control

I hope that these Self Care tips will help you out in the future. I know sometimes that it’s hard to do some of the most simplest things but I know you can do it (and I know I can do it too). You’re amazing and worthy of love, kindness, and this life. Remember to always be kind to yourself and know that it is okay to need and WANT to recharge your soul.

Love always and forever

Esswest

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