World Mental Health Day

Welcome back to my blog :)

Today’s post is a little bit different, because it is World Mental Health Day!
I wanted to recognize this day because mental health is 1) important to everyone’s overall health and 2) something personally close to my heart.

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As someone who deals with General Anxiety Disorder, I know what it feels like to have overwhelming anxiety that can seem to hard to handle and that gets in the way of your day to day life. As humans we all deal with some level of stress and sadness but clinical anxiety and depression are a beast of their own. I don’t want to exclude other mental illnesses from the conversation, but general anxiety and depression are the two most common mental illnesses people struggle with. Other mental illnesses include other anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, substance abuse disorders, bipolar disorder, just to name a few. Earlier this year I had the opportunity to go through mental health training and it taught me so much.

While I am no means an expert in mental health or a professional psychologist, I have personal experience with both anxiety and eating disorders. People tend to forget that eating disorders are a mental illness as well. They’re often connected to anxiety, and I know my case it was. I channeled my anxiety through controlling my food and body for years, and when I started to loosen the reigns on those things, my anxiety went full force in all other aspects of my life.

The purpose of this post is not to tell you all about my struggle with mental health, but rather shed light on a subject that is often too taboo to talk about it. I feel grateful to live in a time that we are not as scared to talk about mental health as in earlier generations, but it is still a topic that makes people uncomfortable.

I also want you to know that if you are struggling with your own mental health right now, it does not mean you are broken, less worthy, crazy, or less capable of achieving great things. You are not alone, and with the right support system and coping strategies you can learn to manage your mental health so that it does not get in the way of your day to day life.

Of course, no matter how hard we “try” to take care of our mental health, we will still have bad days. We are only human. But my goal, and probably yours, is to have more good days than bad days.

Just remember that it’s okay not to be okay. It’s never a sign of weakness to reach out for help. Be kind to yourself.

XOXO,

Stephanie

Resources:

Anxiety and Depression Association of America