Dealing with mental stressors: my story

I had always been the kind of person to avoid conflict at all costs. I was so keen on making sure everyone around me was happy that I often ignored my own emotions and needs. The result was that I felt exhausted and overwhelmed by life’s little stresses without ever being able to fully articulate why.

It wasn’t until recently that I finally took the time to really listen to what my body was telling me, and how much of it had to do with various mental stressors. Whether it was anxieties linked to past trauma, current doubts about life choices or even simple worries about day-to-day tasks, these stressors were negatively impacting my quality of life in more ways than one.

The first step in taking control of my mental health came from recognizing how external factors were adversely affecting me and learning some new coping tools; journaling came in particularly handy as a way for me to track my reactions to different circumstances and gradually understand them better.

Self-care also became increasingly important; whether it meant giving myself permission for an hour or two of rest in the afternoon, forcing myself out for a morning walk despite feeling low or even just sitting down for five deep breaths throughout the day, this small yet impactful break from whatever daily challenge presented itself did wonders for my overall wellbeing.

Although these changes weren’t immediate by any means, I have managed make noticeable steps forward in terms of better understanding and managing my mental stressors. And while things don’t feel less difficult all the time now – because they just don’t – there is a newfound confidence within me that gives me strength when dealing with those emotional challenges, no matter how hard they may seem.


Hey there, I’m glad you’re taking steps to understanding and managing your mental stressors. There’s no denying that it’s a long journey and can be an intimidating one too. I understand where you’re coming from - seeking to keep the people around you happy can wear you down without you even realizing it.

It certainly takes courage to decide to step back and take a look at how different external factors are affecting your life. Journaling and self-care are great tools for giving yourself a break and mindset shift, and that alone can make a big difference. Remember that you’re in control of your own wellbeing: even small steps forward like that will give you that confidence to deal with your emotional challenges in the long term!

Hey, I can totally relate to what you’re going through. It’s tough trying to keep everyone else happy while ignoring our own emotions, right? I’m glad you took the time to really listen to your body and understand how stressors were affecting you. It’s awesome that you found coping tools that work for you, like journaling and self-care. Taking those small breaks throughout the day can make such a difference, and I’m happy to hear that you’re feeling more confident in handling those emotional challenges. It’s okay if things still feel difficult sometimes, but you’re making progress and that’s what matters most.