Deep breathes and here goes. I’ve been a little silent on my blog lately for a few reasons. There are the odd posts here and there where I have shared how I have felt and when I have overcome panic attacks, anxiety and depression.
Mental Health is no joke, I sometimes use humour to cope with it but honestly there are so many situations where I have felt helpless and wanted it all to go away. That feeling of emptiness and low self-esteem, some have said “Oh just get over it”, “Just smile”, “Is it even that bad”.
I have slowly left toxic environments and those who have felt the need to just use it against me.
If you’re still reading this I don’t want to sound like someone who is being negative, because those are the exact situations I avoid.
There are a few things that have helped me cope and I wanted to share them, even if it’s just one person who benefits from it.
I recently did a talk about my journey into the digital world and it was a bumpy ride. But most importantly, I was able to talk about the 98% of my struggle no one has seen.
- Limit social media: I am in a digital industry and sometimes find it difficult to switch off. But recently I have started to take time out and spend time in nature and just live in the moment.
- Exercise: I used to go to the gym 6x a week, and recently because of work commitments I have spent more time on the road than in a gym. I’ve started to take back control of my fitness and eating healthy again. Even a short burst of exercise will help.
- Support network: It is important to have the right people around you, especially those who lift you up. Sometimes you have to outgrow people, not to be mean but because they simply aren’t meant to be on your path.
Self-care goes a long way, I often have to take a step back and look at how far I have come. I hope anyone who is reading this doesn’t give up, remember there is a lot of support out there.