Take Care of Your Mental Health

Vicky B's Dirty N' Nerdy Blog

January 21, 2020
drive in the woods

Over the years, I've been open about my struggles with mental health. After years of working on finding the right therapist and treatment plan, I can say it's finally easier to breath.

 

That being said, that doesn't mean I don't have a low day or week here and there. 

 

It got me thinking about how the idea of "self care" has blasted everywhere,which is awesome, but I worry that people now equate "self care" with shopping trips and expensive face masks. 

 

When I notice those tough feelings coming my way, I make sure to hit these bases, and maybe they will help you too:

 

1. Talk to a therapist.

 

I have had many conversations with people who refuse to go back to therapy because they tried it once years ago and they hated it. Here's the thing, finding the right therapist that fits what your needs is like finding the right hair stylist. If you go get your hair cut by one stylist and they don't do what you were looking for, you wouldn't swear off hair cuts forever right? No! You'd go back and find a new person. Can if be tiring, yes. But will it be worth it when you find that mental health specialist that is perfect for you, one thousand times yes! 
 

One thing to keep in mind, if you are truly hurting and in need of help, don't just wait until your next visit to talk about it, reach out when you need it, that's what they are there for. 

(In case you're wondering, yes I do actually discuss how I'm feeling with memes sometimes with my therapist) 

 

2. Take care of your basic needs

Have you showered today? How much water did you drink?  Sometimes when we get into a low space, we either forget or just don't have the energy to get up and do things like make the bed or eat an actual meal. These are things that have a drastic effect on our mental health. Working out, getting fresh air, doing some meditiation, all of these are important to do. 

 

3. Turn off social media for a while

 

With everything going on in the world of politics, religion, families, natural disasters, friends, unfair expectations, fads, etc, social media has become an exhausting place. Some of the best times I have are when I delete the social  media apps off my phone for a while (I reinstall them for work) but that break is sometimes what hits the spot to recharge and lift away from the low space. 

 

4. Let go of what hurts you 

Toxic friendships, "hobbies" that bring you more stress than joy, or even self sabotaging behaviors are just a few things that we should drop to bring us out of that funk.

 

I hope this advice helps you like it's helped me. Just know that when things are bad, they will get better eventually, just keep swimming.

 

~ Vicky B