How To Cope With Mental Illness

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I’ve been receiving a lot of questions lately on how I cope with my anxiety, depression, and PMDD. To be honest, I never really thought about it until now, that I was actually “coping.” You get so caught up in the whirlwind of illness that you sometimes forget that you’re still here, living and surviving. So, below I’m going to tell you a few ways that I cope and hopefully, it can help and inspire you. 

1. Find your purpose: I put this as number one because it’s the most difficult thing to do in life. Some people never find their purpose, their niche, or what makes them happy. There’s no real art to finding your purpose, but I do know that the ‘soul searching’ is worth it. I tell everyone that I meet that fashion changed my life because it did, it’s what wakes me up in the morning and gets me going. Finding that “thing” that fits you will allow you to beat the "mental illness demon" and conquer it all.

2. Journaling: Everyone knows I’m a blogger, but journaling is a totally different experience. I don’t blog about every single thing going on in my life, so journaling helps me release even more. It allows me to say everything I need to say without any type of judgment or fear. It’s like the journal is all ears. Journaling isn’t for everyone, but it has helped me through the years. 

3. A positive environment: This is very important because if you’re surrounded by positivity you’re going to be a positive person, vice versa. My family and friends know exactly what I’m going to through and know how to handle me and my mental health. Quick tip: Let people know what you’re going through even if it’s a small thing and if they don’t understand, don’t get angry or hostile, just know everyone doesn’t get it and that’s okay. 

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4. Music: I know you’re probably like “Huh?” But, yes music is a universal language and has saved my life a couple times. Sometimes I put on music that matches my mood and sometimes it’s the total opposite. It has helped me during the smallest times such as a car ride to work or the biggest times such as a concert in the shower. 

These four things have truly pushed me through the hardest times when I felt very low, lazy, uninterested, unmotivated, and just sad. There’s a list of things that I could say to try and help cope with mental illness, but honestly it all about you, your preference, and what will and won't work for you. It’s about building boundaries and knowing when to say "yes" and “no.” 

Hopefully, this helped encourage you and helped you feel better and have a more positive outlook on life. 

Comment below and tell me different ways that you cope with mental illness. Also, tell me your goals on the road to amazing mental health.