Small Steps I'm Taking Towards Mental Well Being

January 10, 2017
A New Year brings new challenges and although my mental health has been overall pretty okay recently I'm terrified of it crumbling again. I'm always okay-ish when I'm at home and because I've been home for around three weeks now I feel good. I'm not pushed to do anything and I pretty much don't have to see anyone or do anything if I don't want to. However, I am going back to Galway on Sunday and starting lectures on Monday and I'm very scared. Semester one was the definition of a huge fail and although I think hope I passed, I don't think I can keep doing this 'bounce back' routine. If I don't pass everything this year I really don't think I will be going back for third year because it's too hard being a constant let down to my family and to myself.

DESPITE ALL THIS, I'm going to try reeeeeaaaally hard this semester, and with the help of my counselor, who has been the best person ever these past few months and the very limited support from my college, I will get through this year. With all this in mind I decided I would write a little post on the small things I like to do when my mental health is getting me down.

Drink more tea
When I'm down in the dumps I try my best to avoid caffeine. Coffee, in particular, makes me painfully anxious. I used to drink 5-6 cups per day, around the same time I was having 5-6 panic attacks a day. I don't think that's a coincidence. However, there's nothing like a cup of tea to make you feel better. I love green tea, chamomile, peppermint and the old reliable breakfast tea.

Talk more openly
It's a well known fact that I am not big into talking about my feelings and emotions, (despite the fact that I spill everything on my blog), and this can really take its toll. It really helps to talk, especially when, like me, you are an ear for everyone else's rants and problems. It's definitely something I'm working on.

Do more yoga
When I was at the pit of my mental health problems, mainly anxiety, I did a lot of yoga. I became a little bit addicted, which I now realise is how I lost so much weight at that time. Since going to college I've been doing yoga less and less but I really want to take it up again, just maybe not as intense, because it really helps manage stress and keeps you ~in the moment~.

Write more
I love writing. It helps me gather my thoughts and clears my head which is something that is so important to me. With anxiety and OCD comes racing thoughts and my mood fluctuates constantly. Writing keeps this under control and keeps my mind at ease.

Focus on completing goals
There's nothing more satisfying than checking off your goals as you accomplish them. This year I've set out some blogging goals which I want to carry out. As I said above, writing is so important to me so completing these goals will be a big step in the direction of a positive state of well being.

Are you taking any steps towards a happier you in 2017?

If you enjoyed this post, why not check out my post on: Bad Mental Health Days or Relaxing An Anxious Mind

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