This festive season, it’s imperative that you remember the importance of being mindful of your #MentalHealth. There are people out there, that struggle with celebrating Christmas, because it brings them down. It can be a time of stress, unwanted reminders, familial problems and so on and so forth. So, this Christmas, put yourself first! It’s okay to do what you want. If you want to take a tropical holiday, go ahead. If you want to eat Pizza on ‘Christmas Day’, eat the damn pizza. Focus on what makes you happy, not what brings you down.
In the months leading up to Christmas, I have been keeping a journal. I write in it whenever I feel like, there is no set time, otherwise I’d stress out about it. This month, I am adamant on writing into it more, because Christmas can be tough for families, albeit how magical it can be.
I personally find comfort in writing down how my day went, things I struggled with, or things I’ve accomplished. It’s important to do things for yourself, nobody else. For me, I thoroughly enjoy having baths, joined with luxurious €3 bath bombs. And it is the most relaxing thing I do. I’m not out of pocket from it, and it doesn’t require a lot of time. My point is, please remember to focus on yourself. Focus on what eases the stress, what relaxes you, puts your mind at ease, even if it’s just for an hour.
The reason I’m doing this, is because I find comfort in helping others whom are in similar situations, and it somehow helps me. I have anxiety, and it gets me down a lot, but I fight. And I want everyone to know, that I will fight with you. It will make us stronger. I just want people to be able to relate something, to understand that they’re not alone. And these are my little coping mechanisms, that keep me going strong.
You might find that absolutely none of this applies to you, that you prefer other ways of relieving your stress, and that’s perfectly fine, each to their own. But I’d love to get a conversation going, on what helps calm you down, what relaxes you? What keeps you sane?
I hope this provides some sort of guidance, or that you possibly even take something from this. I am very open about my Mental Health, and I am trying my hardest to not hide it. So, hence these little pretty pictures, that capture things I appreciate, and cause me to be vulnerable. Because you know what’s bloody scary? Being vulnerable. Can I get an Amen?
Anyway, I hope you have a lovely week. I’ll see you Thursday!
P.S. I’m so happy with how these pictures turned out. They’re so bright and pretty, if I do say so myself. Hence why I needed to share them with you. Okay, that’s enough from me.
‘Sometimes, you just need to focus on yourself. And that’s okay.’