May is National Mental Health month, which is a topic very close to my heart. Throughout my life, mental health is an aspect I continually struggle with. I’ve been dealing with depression and anxiety for 10 (or more) years, and even when I think I am in a good place, mentally, bad habits can come back and kick my ass and knock me down. I’ve learned that for me to stay stable, it’s important to keep up with some good habits. Better mental health can be something that you have to work hard for, but taking care of yourself is always worth it.
I’ve been in a rut lately. A sad, unmotivated rut.
I’ve struggled with depression for as long as I can remember. I take medication to manage it but sometimes, it still gets the best of me. The past few weeks I have found myself spending a lot of time laying in bed, starting at the ceiling, or just feeling like I’m ‘going through the motions’ of life when I’m not completely there. Whether you have depression or not, everyone goes through phases or has days when they’re just feeling low.
Body image is something I’ve struggled with my whole life. How many times have you looked in the mirror, and felt sad, angry, or just disgusted with the way you look? It’s a really hard thing to deal with, and one that isn’t talked about enough.
For those people who don’t struggle with their body image, sometimes seeing someone who’s fixated on the way they look can be frustrating. I’ve been told I’m shallow, that nobody cares how I look, that I’m skinny, to get over myself, that there are more important things to worry about. The kicker? I know there are more important things to worry about. That doesn’t stop my brain from obsessing over the two pounds I gained over the weekend, or from fixating on that part of my thighs that I swear wasn’t that big yesterday.
Thankfully, there are little things you can do to help yourself get out of the negative cycle of bad body image. I’m not saying I can make you love your body, because that’s your job. But hopefully, these tips can help lead you in the right direction.
We’ve all heard it. You can improve your days and your mood by getting more exercise. Eating healthier. Spending time with people you love. But what about when that isn’t enough? What about when you’re in a happiness rut and you just don’t know what to do to improve your days?
What about when you’re me, and you’re extremely accident prone, and you fell and bruised your tailbone? I finally went to the chiropractor yeterdayand he verified that yes, my tailbone is bruised, and that it could be a few more weeks until it feels better. Until then, only very very light exercise if I can find anything that doesn’t hurt. So far, I can stretch and that’s about it. I hate not being able to work out! I feel so lethargic and gross. Better just work on that flexibility and hop back on the yoga train once my back has a little more mobility.
Okay, enough about me and my clumsy-ass problems. Read on for my suggestions on 5 ways to have better days that I have that have really helped me. I hope they work out for you as well!