Why Advocating For Mental Health Matters To Us?
Growing up in the ’90s & 2000s, it was very rare for people to be open and truthful about their mental health struggles. The word anxiety or depression in our world was basically non-existent. It’s only when we look back to our childhoods when we realize we suffered in silence for so long. If only we had the guidance & leadership to learn to cope with it. That’s why we made the vow that we would help do our little bit to help improve the lives of others who experience things like anxiety & depression. From our experience, there are a few things that you can do to improve your mental health.
It still is quite common to just hold in your struggles and “power through it” on your own, and we’re here to tell you that you’re stronger & more courageous when you admit to your struggles. From our own struggles with mental health, we found that the best way to get through things is to open up and be vulnerable. Telling friends or family that you’re struggling doesn’t make you weak if anything it takes a great amount of courage. Just by opening up, you’re taking the first step in your recovery.
From our experience, being outside can be the best distraction from your worries & can scientifically improve your mood. We love to go for outdoor runs, explore new places, go for long walks, & even do yoga. On days where you feel like doing nothing, even a 20-minute workout can exponentially increase your spirit. If you really can’t do anything that day, sit on the patio or by the window to take in some light!
Sometimes when we’re suffering, we get stuck in a negative thought pattern. To combat this, we’ve practiced when waking up & going to sleep, just listing 3 things you’re thankful for. This could be literally anything, such as the roof above your head or that one person who made a positive impact on your day. If you’re looking to further rewire your brain, attach a sticky note with a positive message about yourself on your mirror or laptop that you’ll see daily.
Surround Yourself With Positivity
In your day-to-day, we suggest surrounding yourself with things that help you feel calm, happy & hopeful. For us, it's having our favourite bar of soap awaiting us every morning. Try our Lavender Calm or Stress Buster Bar if you're looking for a relaxing scent to start your morning.
In addition, although its great to open up to people, we definitely suggest surrounding yourself with a select group of friends and family who are supportive of you, and who can be there for you if you need someone to talk to. Just venting about your struggles can be a great way to get advice about coping or putting it into a different perspective. In addition, this group will likely have experience with resources such as books or videos that have helped them get through tough times. Use this circle to pick you up when you’re down, trust me it will make a difference.
Use these suggestions to add to your repertoire & remember that this is just a moment in time, and there's always a peak after a valley!