Hello, my name is Faith and I've been managing depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember but I am not a mental health professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price.
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If you’ve been following me over on Instagram or reading my emails you know that June was a crap month for me. It was the anniversary of the death of a close friend of mine and it really hit me hard this year. If you’re on a mental health journey I’m sure you’re familiar with what I experienced last month. I got very sad and all of my healthy coping went straight out the window. It was not my finest moment you guys. I ate a lot of fast food and spent a lot of time laying in bed. It sucks to have a bad mental health month but I did learn some important lessons. Here’s what I learned from having a bad mental health month.
My natural inclination is to beat myself up about it but one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned on my mental health journey is that I have to be relentlessly compassionate with myself.
Maybe you’ve been hanging onto a mistake you made or you’re guilt tripping yourself over not getting something done. I’m going to challenge you to be as kind to yourself as you possibly can. We have to recognize that being on a mental health journey is freaking hard and
we must be gentle with ourselves while we heal.
Even when we are disappointed in ourselves.
Even when progress is taking a lot longer than we want.
Even when we make a mistake and can’t believe how badly we fucked up.
Create a Self-Care Plan
Here is my plan to treat myself with kindness this month. I am going to do my best to make this a month of compassion and healing. If you’re struggling with negative thoughts be sure to listen to my new podcast about the gratitude exercise I have been using to reset my mindset. It’s been a game changer for me you guys and I think it can help you too. I wrote out a full self-care plan for the month to help me get my mental health back on track. Here is what was on my list.
-Stick to my workout and healthy eating routine (check out my Transformation Tribe here if you’re interested in joining my health and fitness mentoring program).
-Read some books just for fun
-Write in my journal
-Do a ton of gratitude rampages
-Re-listen to BetterHelp
-Spend time with friends and family
-Swim in the ocean
-Pet my dogs
Trust the Journey
I know if you’re struggling right now this is probably an annoying thing to hear but I believe that all of the crap I am facing with my mental health is for my highest good. I know it is going to teach me valuable lessons that I need to learn and it’s going to make me stronger and help me make a greater impact in the world. I know that this is only one phase of a very long journey and even though it sucks to feel like I messed up last month I am going to be able to create the kick- ass life that I want in the end. Reminding myself that everything will work out for my highest good helps me move forward without beating myself up or feeling like I really failed or messed up.
I hope this post helps someone and if you’re having a bad mental health month it helps you realize you’re not alone. I have a ton of other posts about anxiety and depression and I would love it if you checked them out.
I am not a licensed therapist. If you are suffering from a major disorder and need treatment please seek the help of a professional. If you need help finding a mental health care provider call 1-800-662-HELP (4357) or visit BetterHelp to talk to a certified therapist online at an affordable price. You can download a free printable list of hotlines here and join the free mental health support group on Facebook here. This post contains affiliate links, you can read my full disclosure policy here.
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