Monday, 14 May 2018

5 Things That Improved My Mental Health

It's the start of #mentalhealthawarenessweek and to help raise even more attention I thought I would do a few extra blog posts on my experience with my mental health starting with a positive one and hopefully one that helps a few people. 
As a background, if this is the first time you've read my blog, I have anxiety and panic disorder but slowly it is improving. I know the rough patches but I have also seen the light at the end of the tunnel. 

With more highs, lows, twists and, turns than the biggest rollercoaster. 

1. A Focus
This really could be anything, a small focus to help the anxiety at the moment such as watching a film, baking or meditation which are all great in the short term specifically with anxiety. However, the biggest thing that helped my anxiety was a big focus, something I could work on, work towards improving such as my career. I know for others their job is the creator of stress but something similar that you can focus on is a great distraction from many mental health problems. 

2. Cutting Out Negativity
This is the first thing I did on my road to recovery. This time last year I changed my social circles and have never looked back. It really makes a great impact on your life to have positive people around you 24/7. Anyone or anything you think is toxic just cut it out. It might seem hard but trust me its the best decision I ever made. 

3. Do More Of What Makes You Happy
We all have to do things we don't like but when you start agreeing to more things you don't want to do because you feel like you have to opposed to things you'd love to do you need to take a step back from life and assess whats going on as it will make you unhappy. Every day I wake up excited for what's to come and only since then have I seen how far I've come. 

4. Socialising
Some of you might be automatically thinking... parties, loads of people... followed by 'I can't do that' but I don't necessarily mean that - unless of course you love that. But as someone who suffers with anxiety I know a massive club with loads of people isn't a reachable thing to do but even a coffee with a friend is great or just sitting in the garden with a family member. Just having someone (positive) around you can really help improve your outlook on life and you can actually bounce of their energy.

5. Speaking Out 
Finally, one of the most important messages I think from this mental health awareness week and that is talking about it. Talk about it to anyone you trust even someone you don't know. I always used to head to teachers when I was in school as after I while I realised who would listen and support me. But friends, family are great or even seek counselling. 

If you do need help don't be afraid to speak out as its time to change the stigma.

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  1. This is an amazing post! I have been struggling with my mental health this year, and have been writing weekly updates on my blog. I definitely agree with cutting out negativity - great advice! :)
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