It’s taken me a long time to come to terms with my struggles with stress and depression, and it’s taken even longer for to get the help that I need. It’s not an easy journey – in fact, at times, it has felt like there was no hope in sight. I always felt like I needed to keep it all together on the outside while crumbling on the inside.
My ‘breaking point’, so to speak, came when I started neglecting my health. I found myself sleeping less, eating unhealthy foods, and practically doing anything and everything to keep my mind off of my troubles. But obviously, this only made things worse. On top of that, constantly feeling like you’re not good enough leads down a dangerous path; leading to low self-esteem, negative thoughts about yourself, and any number of other problems that can arise from mental illness.
So now I’m working on taking care of myself both physically and mentally. Finding activities that make me happy helps significantly; going for a walk in nature rather than continually scrolling through social media has worked wonders for me in terms of de-stressing after my day is done. Additionally; talking about how I feel openly with trusted family and friends instead of keeping it bottled up has been key in managing my mental health as well as helping me stay accountable and remind myself that there are others who will be there for me if needed throughout this process.
I may still have days where it just feels too hard or insurmountable but I am thankful that now I know how to provide myself with the comfort I need and work towards being kinder to myself during these challenging times.