"I see taking care of my emotional and mental health in the same way that I see taking care of a garment: After it's been through wear and tear, it needs attention. Gina Barreca"
Do you keep pressing the accelerator and never the brake?
How long have you been doing that? A long time? Or are you just noticing how you are feeling, emotionally and/or physically?
Do you feel drained, exhausted, emotional, anxious, low, on an never ending treadmill. Putting one foot in front of the other, feeling the need for something to happen to make things better, but it doesn’t seem to happen?
Your emotional or mental health, whatever you like to call it, is suffering. It is invisible and because no one can see it, you keep it hidden or you ignore it. What happens then….? You get more irritable, confused, angry, lonely, exhausted, anxious or depressed.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if life was effortless, wonderful and perfect….. But you often feel that is not the case. However, if you ignore or keep your emotional health hidden, the symptoms get worse and one day they knock you over, making you sit up and realise you cannot continue as you are.
If you're reading this then I am guessing that it is speaking out to you.
Your emotional health needs an MOT, (Mental Overhaul Treat)
To help kick start you I have come up with a few suggestions:
- Breathe in the fresh air around you, inhale through your nose, into your belly and out again; deep and slow breathing
- Make a commitment to yourself to get better/ or seek help
- Join a group of like minded people who share your interests
- Have face to face conversations when you can
- Write, draw, scribble, colour what your thoughts are - get them out of your head
- Do something you enjoy - being outdoors is free
- Take a relaxing bath or an invigorating shower
- Practising taking care of yourself
- Listen to music - sing at the top of your voice
- Dance like no one is watching you
- Never lose your sense of wonder
- Read your favourite book or watch your favourite film
- Use online support
- Simple celebrations when you achieve something
- Create a good bedtime routine for yourself
- Make time for yourself, relax and rest if you need it
- Choose to have a ‘worry time’ in the day
- Do some voluntary work
- At the end of the day, note down three simple things that made you feel good in your day
- Visualise a safe and happy place - spend 10 mins imagining you are there, notice the sounds, smells, taste, textures, what can you see…
- Let yourself cry if you need to
- Make a cup of tea, sip it and savour the moment
- Smile at someone, smile at yourself in the mirror
Any or one of the above will go someway to helping you feel somewhat brighter.
Equally, Counselling can help you to regain your sense of worth, restore your emotional resilience, heal wounds, help you feel less alone and supported. Where hope for a brighter, better tomorrow, is always on the horizon.
Counselling is available to you now, it is a safe place, where you will be met with courage, dignity and a respect for who you are and what you have been through.
Recharge, Renew and Reconnect with yourself