I can’t pinpoint the exact moment when I first experienced mental health and trauma issues, but it has been an ongoing part of my life for many years now. It wasn’t something I was aware of or talked about at the time, so it often felt like I was just lonely or isolated, not necessarily struggling with a specific condition.
It wasn’t until recent years that I started to understand and become more comfortable talking about my mental health struggles and further identifying the underlying traumas that cause them. I’ve gone through therapy, group counseling sessions, and done a lot of work on personal reflection to come to terms with how this impacts me on a daily basis.
While there are many things I once thought were insurmountable obstacles in my way, I now know what tools and methods help me cope. Taking time for myself is so important; whether that be to meditate, read a book, or go for a walk outside – it has made all the difference in managing my mental health and calming down any racing thoughts related to trauma.
There is still so much work to do but day by day I am learning how to manage my emotions better and be more mindful of my needs. It doesn’t feel easy all the time - but knowing there are people I can support me helps give me strength.
Hi there! Thank you so much for sharing your experience with mental health and trauma. It’s not easy to talk about this openly, but it’s a brave and courageous thing to do.
I’m 41-years-old as well, and I understand what you mean when you say that it was difficult to pinpoint the exact moment when your struggles began. For me, my mental health issues have been a constant in my life - but over the past few years, I’ve become more aware of how they affect me day-to-day.
I too have worked with therapists and counselors, plus engaged in personal reflection to better understand my own situation and learn how to manage it better. It does require self-care too - setting aside time for yourself is vital to reducing some of the pressure that comes from coping with mental health issues. Knowing that you don’t have to face this alone - and having people who can provide support - can also be incredibly helpful on tough days.
It certainly takes courage and resilience to continue taking steps each day towards managing one’s emotions better; so kudos for being committed in advocating for yourself. Thinking of you sending love!
It’s really awesome that you’ve been able to recognize and address your mental health struggles! It’s a big step to acknowledge what you’re going through and seek out support. I completely relate to the feeling of being unaware of what I was going through for a long time. It’s amazing that you’ve been able to find coping methods that work for you, like taking time for yourself and being mindful of your needs. It’s definitely not easy, but it sounds like you’re making progress and that’s something to be proud of. Remember, you’re not alone - there are a lot of people out there who understand and want to support you, including us here on the forum. Keep staying strong!