Thursday, February 1, 2018

Dusting Myself Off

I realized after I posted on Tuesday that I had to practice what I preach. 

Who am I to sit here and talk about keeping the conversation on mental health going long after Bell Let's Talk day, if I don't do it myself? 

So, if you'll humour me - I think I'd like to start a little section on my website dedicated specifically to Mental Health + Wellness. 

 In keeping with that theme I thought I could start with some things that are tried and true methods for getting out of my own head when I am having a down, stressful day. 

I can usually tell when I am going to have a day (you know A DAY) because they usually happen after I don't get enough sleep or have a bad dream. 

I know how childish it seems, but whenever I have a bad dream it can leave me shaken for days. So when I wake up and feel that lingering feeling of dread, I flick to survival mode. 

I have to hop out of bed right away. I cannot lay in bed and wallow or else I feel even worse and it almost becomes like my body is made out of led. So hopping up and getting my day started is my way to get out of my own head. 

I find that lazy days are the absolute worst for me. I need to keep my mind busy, which is awful lucky for everyone around me! 

Find something (someone) to love

When I lost Cuba, I had no idea what to do with my time. I felt like I was missing a limb. I had so much open time and nothing to channel it into, I felt like I was falling and would never hit ground. 

That's when I started fostering (and eventually adopting) Penelope. 

It felt so good to help something that needed it and she has grown from a timid dog who didn't know how to walk on a leash to a diva. It is so rewarding. 

I know not everyone is an animal person, so I think volunteering, lending a hand or just spending time that might need it would also help you feel better about yourself. 

Do something mindless

I hear people shame me all the time for my love of the Kardashians and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. But I love watching it because it allows me to lose myself in something that is so low key, outrageous and usually hilarious. 

Spend time with someone who can make you laugh

Matt has gotten me through some of the toughest times. Not always because he has swooped in and saved me, but by simple companionship. 

He always seems to know if I need a sarcastic comment, funny story or if he just needs to go right for the tickle. He knows that if I start laughing, I won't stop and soon I'll be funk free (which is good for both of us) 

Get Active 

I honestly can't even believe I am the one writing this.. But the difference I feel in myself since I started going to the gym (one month in!!!!!!) is honestly unbelievable. I feel better about myself, I have more energy, my head doesn't do that fuzzy thing that sometimes happens and I feel more put together on a whole. 

Maybe there is something to those endorphins people keep talking about... 

All in all, you know your body and mind the best. 

What really worked for me, was finding what worked for me. 

People can tell you what worked for them, what they took, what they did and unless that is what you want as well - it won't make a difference. 

So be true to yourself, it always feels better in the long haul. 

Leave me a comment below to let me know what gets you out of your anxious states! 

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