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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In this episode, I talk about how alcohol has been negatively affecting my mental health and my decision to give it up for a month (and possibly longer). Being on a mental health journey is a constantly evolving process. The things that are serving you and helping you at one point on your journey might become an unhealthy coping mechanism or start holding you back at another point. It’s important to constantly evaluate your lifestyle choices and what is serving you and what it’s time to let go of. You can subscribe to the podcast on Podbean or iTunes if you’re interested in hearing more about info about managing mental health. Here are some of the things that helped me decide to give up alcohol for the month.
I Got Excited
Whenever I am trying to make a change in my life I try to get aligned and excited about my decision. Instead of focusing on how hard it is going to be and everything I am going to give up I get really excited about how the change is going to make my life better. I try to tap into the energy of excitement by making lists of how my decision will make my life better. I also spend a lot of time visualizing how my life will be if I commit to the change longterm. By picturing my life in a year or five years after implementing the change it gives me a really clear vision of how I want my life to look and what I’m working towards. Do whatever you need to do to get excited about making a change in your life and starting a new habit.
I Connected To My Purpose
I try to tap into a purpose or mission to help keep me motivated. This really helps me when I’m feeling depressed and don’t think I have the energy to make any kind of lifestyle changes. When my energy is low I am able to tap into my purpose in life and that helps keep me going. Spend some time writing out a mission or purpose statement for your life. What is the force in your life that motivates you? What do you feel like your purpose is on the planet?
I Channel My Alter Ego
I try to picture the very best version of myself living my very best life. Then I ask myself what habits she has and what she is doing on a daily basis. Creating my lifestyle choices based on the person I want to be instead of the person I am helps me dream bigger and channel bigger possibilities for my life. Tapping into my alter ego actually gave me the strength and bravery I needed to finally launch this blog. I was able to picture my alter ego who wrote a blog about mental health and was able to help other people on their mental health journey. Once I pictured myself this way it was easier to start doing the behavior a successful blogger would do.
I hope this podcast episode helps inspire you to make some lifestyle changes in your own life. If you’re interested in following my 30-day sober journey be sure to check out my stories on Instagram.
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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