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 want to share one of my experiences with antidepressants and what I learned along the way so you don’t have to go through what I went through. It can be a tough process to find the right medicine for you, but the more you know about what to expect, the easier it will be.
Last time I was in a depressive state, I came home from work and lay down on the floor in my apartment living room. After a half hour of lying there, I decided to take some notes about how I felt. I’m hoping that sharing my notes can help those without depression understand some of what goes through the heads of people who are depressed or even suicidal. Maybe if more people knew what we were thinking in our darkest moments, they could help us in our fight.
Mental illness tricks you into thinking you are not worthy of kindness—even from yourself. That needs to change.
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.
What I didn’t realize when starting the film was that it is about someone with a mental illness. I thought it would be some funny indie film that I wouldn’t 100% get, but it wasn’t. Instead, it was a really disappointing ride of emotions.