Living with PTSD is no easy task, and it is often hard to find the right ways to manage my mental health. At times, it can feel like I am navigating a never-ending obstacle course.
Everyday, I work to have tools in place to try and keep symptoms at bay. Exercise has proven to be one of the best ways for me to manage my condition and clear my head. It helps to keep what feels like chaos in my brain sometimes under control.
Talking about my experiences has also been an invaluable outlet. I’ve been actively attending therapy sessions since I was diagnosed, giving me a safe space where I know it’s okay to talk openly about my experiences without judgment or preconceived notions. It’s given me much greater clarity on how PTSD can affect me differently in different situations and how best to respond accordingly.
It’s also important that I take time for myself every day where all I do is something that brings me peace or joy — no matter how small the act may be! Whether that is reading a good book devouring some comfort food, taking a quick nap, meditating… it doesn’t really matter as long as it allows for some respite from the stressors of life with PTSD.
I’m always striving for balance when living with this disorder which can prove difficult at times — but having these strategies in place has made a world of difference. Knowing you’re not alone in this journey goes a long way too — so don’t forget that there’s always help out there if you need it!