Mental Health is a precarious thing that affects loads of people yet it affects them differently. It’s common among young adults and it’s extremely difficult to discuss but, it’s important that we do discuss it. Too many people are suffering in silence and too many people have taken their lives because of it.
Below are my self-care tips. These are genuine things that I do to help myself cope with my mental health, not some generalised rubbish that nobody can relate to. You know the one’s I’m referring to, the embroidered pillow that says ‘Just Breathe.’
Even if it’s just washing your face or making your bed. This can help reduce the stress and worry of being dirty because we’ve all been there, not washing for a week and being in a depression coma.
Listen to music
The kind of music I tend to listen to is more nature based, like thunderstorms, rain or instrumental. I try to refrain from listening to music with words because you fall into a cycle of applying those words to your life and if it’s a sad song, then it makes you feel worse.
Run the cold or hot tap
Put your hands underneath. It may not be great for the environment but it can help you mentally. For those who self-harm, they hurt themselves to feel something and this will allow you to feel something without harming yourself.
Try to talk
I’m not going to tell you to confide in somebody because it’s a really hard thing to do, when I used to feel depressed I didn’t tell anyone (the older I’ve gotten the more I freely say it) but, try to talk to people. Talk about meaningless things. It doesn’t have to be deep, it could be completely random but it’s a great way to distract yourself.
If one of these tips help you, then that’s great and I’m sure a lot of people have different tips that may help you more. Being more vocal about mental health, is the only way to beat the stigma around it.