An update to last year's blog, “What does mental health look like?”. Where I discussed mental health and shared my own transparent battles.
It's been exactly one year since I shared my most transparent blog about my personal experience with mental health and the fact that I am a suicide survivor. It took so much courage and fearlessness to be able to share that with you all. But I can honestly say that sharing that is one of the best things I have ever done. Being able to be honest with so many about what mental health looked like for me, allowed me to see that I was not alone. Which is important to know, not only when you are in a “dark place” but also during your healing journey and beyond. There are so many who are suffering with one or more mental illnesses, including feelings of being suicidal.
To this day I still get feedback and responses about that blog and what me sharing my story has done for them and/or a loved one. I want to personally thank everyone who has ever given me feedback on a blog, that one in particular it really makes me happy to know I was able to help jumpstart some healing and conversations around healing.
When I initially started this blog, especially because I am not a mental health professional, I had no idea that mental health would be integrated or at its core. But every time I would sit down to write a blog that’s exactly what was on my mind and in my heart. Also the blogs that I would get the most feedback on were the ones discussing mental health.
Through this past year I have been able to transform my site and blog into a space of healing for myself and others. Creating a brand centered around healing and overall self-care. I’ve also become more of an advocate for mental health awareness. Throughout this year I have come to realize that having a healthy mind is important no matter what you want to do in life, therefore prioritizing your mental health is necessary before embarking on any other journey.
My message to any one feeling suicidal, depressed, or living with mental illnesses is still the same: you are not alone. I just really want you to know that you are enough, you were always enough, and please stop trying to do it on your own! I want you to unapologetically put yourself first and love on you non-stop. Put your happiness, well being, and healing over everyone self-care is a must!
As I stated in last years blog and say everyday, healing is an internal job you have to really want it. During your healing journey you have to find and apply what works best for for you. For some people that’s working out, therapy, medication, journaling, etc. The tips I gave in last years blog, I am still sticking with! I still practice mindfulness, journaling, meditation, breathing, faithfully practicing my self-care routines, and of course therapy!
I started therapy around the time I posted that blog and I still see my therapist at least 2-3 times per month.
What has helped me the most throughout healing is to balance out my life with self-care. I am a person that genuinely enjoys doing things for others and I do want to be there for others. But in the past I found myself doing far more for others than I was for myself. Discovering self-care and what that looks like for me has saved me from my own detriment. I’m truly a person with a huge heart and if you are as well then I’m sure you find it hard to make time for you, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Many of us were not taught how to properly take care of ourselves the way we take care of others. Now it’s time to learn and re-learn what self-care looks like for us!
Self-Care for everyone!
I have decided to launch The Jumpstart Journey which I will be launching on July 1st. This will be a program designed after my Self-Care Jumpstart planner, this program will allow for those struggling with self-care to learn how to effectively create and maintain self-care routines of their own! You all have inspired and motivated me to be able to bring this program and the Self-Care Sunday Event Series into fruition. And I truly can not thank you enough for that.
Everyone deserves self-care including you! Sign up today for The Jumpstart Journey or purchase your Self-Care Jumpstart planner today! Everyone needs someone to help keep them accountable, in some cases that person is your therapist, but in the case of The Jumpstart Journey program that person will be me!