I work really hard to build up my mental resilience every day. Some days, my resilience is better than others, but overall, I feel like I have a strong foundation to lean on. This World Mental Health Day, I’m sharing six ways to build mental resilience that have helped me.
I have to work every single day to be myself and to fight for my dreams, but it helps to write about my journey and to know that I’m not alone. I hope that my story, or one of the other stories out there about mental illness, help people going through the pain of living with an illness that we still know so little about.
Even though it makes me wildly uncomfortable, I know it’s important to talk about mental illness, which is why I’m not going to shut up this month! I plan to spread the word in-person and online, and I want you to join me.
By this point, Dry January was way more than I had expected. My perceptions of my daily habits and myself were warped, and my ability to control my anxiety was dwindling.
Let people know that World Mental Health Day is a thing and that it matters just as much as Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Down Syndrome Awareness Month and AIDS Awareness Month and every real-life issue that we talk about.
You can manage it with therapy and medication, but it’s not something you can just magic away with positive thoughts and long road trips. And it’s time we acknowledged that!