May is Mental Health Awareness month. As someone who struggles with anxiety and depression on a daily basis, I am a little ashamed I haven’t written about the topic this month until now.
For the past week or two, my anxiety and depression have run rampant. I have felt like crying for most of the days, ate very little, and wanted to spend the majority of my time sleeping. There have been some recent events in my life that brought on this heavy onset. However, good or bad, I still have to manage my mental health every day, and I have a few ways to help me.
- Dancing to fun music. My current jam? Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance with Somebody.”
- Yoga at night to calm music.
- Taking a bath and just relaxing.
- Deep breathing.
- Taking a long drive or walk to clear my mind.
- Doing an at-home spa treatment, such as a face mask, pedicure, etc.
- Writing long and honestly.
- Reading curled up with multiple blankets on top of me.
- Cleaning and organizing.
Honestly, May has been a month for my mental health. I’ve had my ups and downs, smiles and tears. But, there is one thing for sure, the tips above help me maintain it, and I hope by sharing them, they help you too!
Don’t ever be ashamed to admit you have depression, anxiety, bipolar disease, or another mental illness. There is no guilt in asking for help when you need it. After all, we are in this together!