I have always valued mental health and addiction recovery, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized how important this was for me personally. Over the last few years, I have experienced immense struggles associated with depression and anxiety. At times, these feelings would be so overwhelming that even getting out of bed seemed like an Herculean task. The not-so-glamorous coping mechanisms I utilized during these periods almost cost me my life.
But there is hope! Through support from loved ones and professional help from experts in the field, I’ve learned better ways to cope with life’s daily struggles. Taking charge of my own mental health journey has been an empowering experience for me. It looks different for everyone - be it medication, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), lifestyle modifications, or more holistic forms of healing.
It’s true that the stigma associated with mental health issues still lingers, and takes a toll on many people’s ability to heal. To this day, I continue to advocate for more visibility around topics like mental health and addiction recovery. We must guard against ignorance or careless words that spread false notions about what happens behind closed doors in someone’s internal world. We all deserve understanding and compassion as we craft our own individual paths to healing.
If you’re out there struggling right now - please know that you can reclaim control of your life in a positive way! There is no one-size-fits-all approach to managing mental illness, but don’t be discouraged - there are so many tools available for us to discover the right combination for YOU!