31 Days Of Mental Health Awareness Day 2:

Coping Skills are best put to use when you are experiencing bad mental health days! Here are a few examples of some I use:

💚Go for a walk to clear my head
💚Journal or Mediate
💚Try to figure out how to solve the problem without self-destructing
💚Call someone and vent

Now your turn write down some coping skills you have used, the healthy ones and the unhealthy ones!
Remember journaling is therapeutic…

Happy Writing 📝

Believe it or not, suffering from mental illness can make you forget to do a lot of the basic things we need to do to function in life, like:

🍴Eating, I remember a time when I would forget to eat because I had slept half the day away! When I did get something it would be junk food, or tons of snacks! My brain just wouldn’t let me process eating food during that time!

🚿Showering was another one, hell I was home all day and hubby would be on the road, so nope I wouldn’t shower much! Yes, there were times that I didn’t shower, my body was too exhausted to handle that task! There is nothing to be ashamed of, being sick is hell! And the only fresh air I got was walking the dog, thank God for him💙🐶

💭During this time I was thinking so much that my brain hurt, so I would turn my brain off and tune out! I forgot to pay certain bills, missed appointments, and didn’t go to work! I suffered from hallucinations and was very paranoid, so I decide not to think if I could help it!

📲Social media was my biggest enemy during my tough days! I was very envious and sad because I compared my sick life to the lives on social media! I would sit for hours and watch how other people lived their best lives, while I was sitting and waddling in my self-pity!!! Please don’t let this be you!!

Go over this little chart and if there is something you have forgotten to do today, don’t be ashamed or beat yourself up! If you have had bad thoughts today, you can change them now! And whatever you do, PLEASE DON’T compare your life to social media, remember half of them show you what they want you to see not the behind the scenes! Go watch a good movie instead!!!

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Published by Olivia B. Shepherd

Welcome, My name is Olivia Shepherd, and I am the founder of this awesome blog about depression and mental illness. I started this blog in 2016 after being diagnosed with Major Depression, Anxiety and PTSD. I didn't have anybody to talk too or share my feelings with, so I decided to share them publicly to help others. I'm passionate and dedicated to bringing awareness about mental health, especially in the African American community. I also want to empower your voice to speak up and fight the stigma surrounding this illness. I’m also the founder of AshesToBeauty Mentoring & Outreach, a virtual online service dedicated to to the positive development and accelerated recovery of girls and women who have experienced abuse and depression, Ashes To Beauty strives to empower women to take their lives back by providing life skill education, one-on-one mentorship and impactful personal tools by which these impacted women can build the foundation for a successful future. Look forward to having you read my blog, 𝓞𝓵𝓲𝓿𝓲𝓪 𝓑. 𝓢𝓱𝓮𝓹𝓱𝓮𝓻𝓭 💋

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