How I Manage My Mental Health

24 May 2019



If you've been here for a while, you'll know that I struggle with my mental health and battle anxiety and depression on a daily basis. As a result, I feel like I've developed a few strategies that help me to keep my mental health in a good place. Obviously, I still have days and weeks where my depression can hit me like a truck and I just have to ride it out until it gets better, but in general I feel like I've got my mental health 'under control' so wanted to share a few tips I've found along the way.

Be kind to yourself

This is so much easier said than done, but I often find we're so much more critical of ourselves than we would ever dream of being to someone else! It's okay to skip the gym one day, to stay in bed watching Netflix, or eat an entire pack of Jaffa cakes to yourself (or doing all three at once if you're me) because doing, or not doing, those things does not make you any less valid as a person. As long as you're trying the best you can in your current situation then you should be proud of yourself regardless of what anyone else thinks.

Learn to disconnect

I'm going to go into this in more detail in a separate post, but I think it's so important to take a break from social media and the internet in general when you're not in a good mental place. It can often be overwhelming spending so much time scrolling past other people's lives and all the exciting stuff they're getting up to when you're in bed at 2pm trying to muster the energy to take a shower. We've been conditioned into believing the 'best' shots of people's lives we see on Instagram is what their life is like 24/7, but this is definitely not the case - it's important to remind ourselves that we only see the bits that people want us to see, but *shock* everyone else is just a normal person like us who has crap days.

Find an exercise you enjoy

If you'd have told me six months ago that I'd be the kind of person who went to the gym at least twice a week I'd have said you're mad. When I was in the peak of my depression, even the idea of going out and being physical active was a big no no, but there came a point where I forced myself to do so and it made such a difference. Signing up for a gym and knowing that I'm paying a set amount each month regardless of if I actually go is what motivates me to go at least twice a week because I want to get my money's worth (because I'm a cheap skate) For me the gym works really well because being in a social setting also helps to boost my mood, but the actual type of exercise you choose doesn't really matter as long as you enjoy it and get those sweet sweet endorphins.

Make the effort to socialise

This is probably one of the things I struggle with most, as I'm a very introverted person, but spending time in the company of other people is such a mood booster! Obviously my first choice would be spending time with family and friends, but if that's not an option one of my favourite things to is head to a coffee shop to grab a drink and do some work. This way you still get the benefits of being in the company of other people without having to actually socialise (does that make sense?)

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Those are my main tips in maintaining a good mental health. Let me know what you do if you're having a bit of a crap day to cheer yourself up, because I'd love to have a few more ideas for when I  really need them!

Jess
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