Thursday, 20 September 2018

STRUGGLING WITH MENTAL HEALTH & WHAT I DO FOR SELF-CARE


I don't really know where to start with this post so it might be a little all over the place. I just wanted to vent how I am currently feeling and my current struggles and share some things that I do to help myself along the way. 



A couple of weeks ago my medication was changed from Citalopram to Mirtazapine. Since being on this medication, I've found myself more emotional, for example crying at things on the telly, crying at songs, just little things really. I've noticed anxiety symptoms have come back too; the chest pains, the panic. The big thing that I really hate about Mirtazapine is the constant need to eat. I found I have put on almost a stone in weight when I was already at an unhealthy weight to begin with which has now made me feel even more down but I also have no motivation to exercise even though I know it makes me feel good afterwards.

I am struggling to find motivation to do anything really. Wash my hair, get ready for work and not even wanting to go to work because it means interacting. This is where self-care comes into it and these are some of the things I do to try and up my mood or at least keep me calm.

Blogging
Blogging is such a good way to put all your thought in one place, exactly as I am doing in this post. A way to put your creativity to use and also to help others who may be in a similar situation and can help each other.

Books
I really enjoy sitting and reading a book. Just to go into another world for even half an hour takes my mind off everything. I am currently enjoying 'Turtles All The Way Down' by John Green and 'Notes on a Nervous Planet' by Matt Haig. Anxiety Journals can also be great. The one that I have by Corinne Sweet has a section to write down all your worries before bed so your mind isn't racing with constant thoughts. It helps you to recognise your triggers, has a CBT section and also includes de-stress exercises which are very helpful.



Pamper Nights
Pamper nights are a perfect way to try and relax yourself. Most days I admit I can't be bothered but when I can I grab one of the hundreds of face masks I've collected, run myself a bath with bubbles, throw in a bath bomb and stick my iPad on the side and catch up on some Youtube. Then afterwards getting into your comfiest pjs is the best way to end the day.

REMEMBER You're doing the best you can
Even when you may be feeling your worst, remember that you are doing your best. It might not feel like it but you are and what you are feeling will pass. This is the one thing I have to tell myself on a daily basis. 






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