5 Ways To Improve Your Mental Health
Mental health is a topic I discuss a lot here on Naked Fashions. But honestly, I probably don't do it enough. I always say that it's something I want the world to talk about more and scrolling through my social feeds today on #WorldMentalHealthDay just shows how far we've come as a society.
In case you're new here, I've struggled with depression and anxiety for around eight years. Six years ago I was clinically diagnosed with the two and then 3 years ago I was put onto medication.
The past three years have been an absolute rollercoaster with many many lows and a few highs.
But since going freelancing and being in control of my time I work, I am slowly starting to gain some momentum and stability in regard to my mental health.
In honour of World Mental Health Day I wanted to share some of the things I've found useful over the years. I'll also be discussing mental health a lot more on this platform as it's something that I set out to do so long ago.
Talk to someone. Probably the easiest and most recommended task to do when you're struggling with your mental state is to talk to someone. But I especially know how hard this can be; I actually tell friends to talk to a camera or write a journal or write a blog (you don't even have to publish it). You just need to let it out.
So many days go by when I feel horrendously low even though there isn't one thing that I can pinpoint for my mood. During these times I like to write a blog post or video myself on Instagram story and never post it. By doing this you eventually peel back those layers and get deep into what is actually going through your mind.
Investment. Invest your time wisely. It's sad to say but you need to breakdown those friendships and relationships that aren't helping you improve. I've had friends over the years that constantly talk about dieting and weight and just when I was finally in a good place, everything would be brought crashing down as they discuss the next fad diet they're going to try. If you find yourself in these situations then remove yourself. It's hard at first and you might feel a bit lonely but you'll soon find the ultimate support network that you really need to help get through the days.
Self care. You are the most important thing. Your mental health is so important to be able to function and wake up in the morning and get shit done. If you're reading this post then you're on the right path because you're taking time out to address the situation. Every day think about one thing that makes you feel good and do it. It could be as simple as fresh sheets or reading a book or an extra long shower. Indulge in your own company as self care.
Barriers. Do you find yourself having crippling anxiety when on public transport or in a busy shop? This is something that a lot of people struggle with (and if you don't this tip will still apply to you). When I was working a classic 9-6 job, I had to travel 1 and a half hours to get to the office. 90 minutes on rush hour tubes. There were so many points during that time when I was very close to either having a panic attack or just losing my shit at the guy shoving his bike into my leg. So to try and combat these feelings of overwhelming anxiety I invested in some seriously good headphones to block out the noise and to block out the feelings. This was also the time that I rekindled my love for drawing (and bloody hell, look where I am now!). So try do something that distracts you, build barriers around you and put yourself into an indestructible bubble.
Seek help. Again, a step that everyone is going to tell you. If you're not quite ready to speak to a doctor yet then seek help from a friend or a family member. Just tell someone what you're going through and see that as an achievement. From there, you can go on to see a doctor and be referred to counselling or be given medication or whatever. A professional is going to assess everything that you need and help you along the way.
I hope these little tips to help you with whatever you're struggling with.
There are also so many amazing websites out there that you can look into (I'll link them below) and if you ever need a non-judgemental soul to reach out to then I am usually pretty quick to respond.
Finally you can also text MIND to 6077 which is an online therapy system (not sponsored)
Mind - https://www.mind.org.uk/
Blurt Foundation - https://www.blurtitout.org
Think Twice - https://thinktwiceinfo.org