Wow, it has been a week. It’s been a couple weeks, really. If we’re being completely honest, I’m f*cking exhausted. And coming along with this exhaustion has been a bit of a lack of self-care. I’m not proud to admit that–in fact I’m pretty ashamed of it–but I’ve always tried to be candid about my struggles mental-health-wise. So, my first step in self care is admitting that I’ve been neglecting it, and writing about it. Seriously, writing is such a release for me, I would definitely recommend trying it, especially in a blog setting like this, because it helps open the conversation. It also just so happens to be World Mental Health Day, which is all the more reason to post about this! So, here goes nothing.
SELF CARE, PEOPLE. This is sososo important. I know things have been crazy in the world lately. There’s a lot to be upset about. So take a moment to focus on yourself. Luckily for me, it’s finally fall break, so I’m able to take a few days to recoup and focus on myself. Self care is different for everyone, so realize that what works for me may not work for you, but I believe there are a few things that are more or less universal in the realm of self care.
Take a deep breath, and let yourself feel the things. All of the things you’ve been trying to avoid? Feel them. Let yourself cry. Let yourself be angry. And don’t let anyone tell you that it’s not okay. You don’t owe anyone an explanation for your feelings. Please, please remember that. Especially in today’s political climate, it seems as though you’re required to justify your feelings of sadness or anger, but you aren’t. Your feelings are valid!
After your cry, take a nice hot shower or bath. Then, do your laundry. I know, no one really enjoys doing laundry, but seriously, cleanliness feels so good. Take a minute to get these necessary things out of the way.
Next, find something you love. For me, this is music, and books, and movies, and writing. I intend to fill this weekend with great music and great books and great conversations, because that is what I need in order to feel better. This may seem like an obvious thing, but sometimes, when your mental health isn’t quite where it should be, you forget that you need to do things simply because you enjoy them.
Lastly, take your meds. Yes, this is self care, and you will never convince me otherwise. It’s not quite as fun as the rest, but it’s probably the most important. I’m a little ashamed to say it, but I’ve been going too long without one of my meds, and it definitely hasn’t been doing me any favors. Seriously, let’s quit acting like illnesses of the mind are any less valid than physical illnesses. You’d never dream of telling a diabetic to skip their insulin, so quit telling your depressed friends to skip their meds. I hate that this is something that even needs to be said, but it does. TAKE YOUR MEDS PEOPLE! TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF!
Mental health should be a priority. I don’t wanna be preach-y. I neglect it sometimes too. So here’s your gentle reminder to put self care on your agenda.
Remember, no matter how much it feels like it, you are not alone in this fight. If you feel you have nowhere to turn, turn to me! I’m always willing to listen. Let’s get rid of the stigma around mental illness.
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xoxo, second sister suzie