We live in an everychanging world, where we do our best to keep up with it all. But sometimes we fall, and we feel that we cannot get up; it is like quicksand pulling us down. Well, I am here to tell you that you CAN get up when you fall, and it starts with kindness to yourself.
Lately, I have been listening to “Sia’s- Courage to Change”, and Iove how kind and hopeful the lyrics are:
“You’re not alone in all this
You’re not alone, I promise
Standing together we can do anything
You’re not alone in all this
You’re not alone, I promise
Standing together we can do anything”
It reminds me that I’m not alone, even if my mind tries to tell me I am. Together, we can do this!
It is important to be self aware during bouts of mental health struggle and remember to be kind to yourself and make un effort to funtion, even if you are feeling unwell. I know this seems difficult to do but there are small things you can do to nourish yourself, and offer yourself in times of darkness, so you stay in the light:
1.) Meditate for 10 min -Clearing your mind and closing your eyes for 10 min is a great practice for calming and soothing. Play some nice music, grab your favorite stuffed animal and hug while you focus on something that brings you peace.
2.) Try peer support – There are many support groups near you, even online ones if it is more comfortable for you to start that way. Often things that you feel ashamed or guilty of are all to common in these groups, and they can truly offer you the support you need.
3.) Make time for theraputic activities – Get out into nature or to the beach; find a place that makes you feel free to just take a deep breath and be in awe of your surroundings, and help you shine a light into that dark fog of depression.
4.) Care for your personal health – When you are suffering form a mental health problem, it can be easy to dismiss personal care, but even small things like a long shower, essential oil bath, or eating a filling and healthy meal can really boost your mood.
You are not alone, there is help out there for you in the form that you need. Here are a list of orginizations where you can start:
- Campaign Against Living Miserably (Calm)- Supports the mental health issues of men
- No Panic – Offers assistance and advice regarding anxiey disorders, helplines, and a recorvery group
- Hope Recovery – Offers online support groups through zoom you can sign up for for survivors of : Childhood abuse, Domestic violence, and sexual truama
It is ok to advocate for yourself, you are worth it. Repeat after me, loud and proud : I AM WORTH IT!
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*Erin hails from Portland, Oregon and is a self taught upcycled fashion designer, seamstress, and fiber artist. Want to see her work? Click here