Almost two months passed without me writing a new blog post, and the truth is, I was feeling so down that I only wanted to stay in bed and play games on my phone. I even stopped reading, which is one of my favorite hobbies.
I hit a low point where, besides dealing my usual anxiety, I was also feeling depressed.
It was a tough couple of weeks, and honestly, I’m so glad that I have overcome most of those feelings that were affecting me so badly. I still don’t feel 100% like myself again, but I’m getting there.
The thing is, I knew the reasons why I was feeling like that. So at that point, I just gave myself permission to feel, think, and basically do nothing. Breaks are important as well, and I decided to take one.
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How Everything Started
Since I moved out from my parents house on October 2020, I have been dealing with a lot of changes; and if I’m honest, it started to be hard just recently. Basically because I was out of my comfort zone.
So I definitely needed some space for myself and deal with all the emotions; and like I said, I knew why I was feeling so down.
I knew that there was no immediate solution for my situation, but I did find ways to feel better and get back on my feet again.
So what did I do? I flew to Miami to visit my family. They came all the way from Chile to be with me, and that helped me so much! It was exactly what I needed.
Getting back to what was familiar to me had a big and positive impact on my mental health.
Once again I felt like doing activities. I felt so much happier!
It was the food (I missed my mom’s cooking), seeing the people I love, going to the beach, working out, etc, that helped me. It was exactly what my heart needed.
Even though I’m not done healing, I’m so much closer and happier now than that I was two months ago.
There are some things that can’t be fixed or changed easily or fast. So I just have to wait, be patient, and find ways to make those “problems” not affect me in the short time.
Basically, I just need to learn how to cope with my thoughts and feelings. Also, practicing Ho’oponopono has really helped me.
So if you are struggling with something in your life, I really recommend it!
5 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Mental Health
The following tips to improve your mental health, are some ideas that have worked for me in the past, and are working out right now.
Also, I’m not going to therapy at the moment; but if you are struggling with your mental health, and therapy is an option, then you should definitely try that!
The first time I heard that exercising makes you happier and that it can improve your mood (because of endorphines), I thought it was bullshit. Especially thinking about how tired and exhausted I would feel after a workout it.
The thing is… there are many ways to work out. You can dance, go on a hike, etc. It doesn’t mean that you have to do one hundred squats or abs.
Do something you will enjoy!
I have been going for long walks/jogging for a month now and it’s something I really enjoy.
It’s a moment for myself that I take to reflect, relax, listen to music, or whatever I need in that particular day.
Like I have mentioned in other posts, I have been practicing Ho’oponopono for almost two years now, and I have seen the big impact it has had on my life.
I really recommend looking into Ho’oponopono. It can explain many things about your current situation.
You will learn about the importance of healing your inner child (and how it’s impacting your present life), forgiveness, and more!
In a way, it also helps you to manifest, but with a different focus.
You can start learning Ho’oponopono on YouTube, there are many videos about and it’s a great start. I also recommend the books of Mabel Katz.
3. Take A Break
Besides following he recommendations above, sometimes we just need a break, and it’s SUPER important to take them to avoid burnout.
Let’s be gentle with our minds and our feelings.
When it’s possible, find ways to do this. I know is hard when there’s so many responsibilities that we need to take care of.
You might be a mom, an entrepreneur, a college student, etc. So taking breaks might not be an immediate option for you; in that case, try to plan ahead and ask for help.
Reflecting on what you are going through and think about potential solutions it’s a good way to improve your mental health. Especially if you are a very analytical person.
It’s a great option to open your heart with yourself, see where you are struggling and create an action plan. Or to simply understand why you are feeling a certain way.
Last year, when my grandma was sick, I started to journaling again. I needed to let out all those feelings that were choking me. The hurt, sadness, anger, blame, etc.
With time, it helped me to be grateful as well. I took time to remember all the memories that we had together, and shift all the negatives thoughts to something more positive.
Journaling can be very therapeutic.
5. Do Things That Raise Your Vibrations
When we do things that we know we enjoy and love, we feel better.
It could be something like getting a coloring book, baking, or playing with your dog. Something that can take your mind off what you are currently going through.
When we raise our vibrations, we also attract better things into our lives (very related to the Law of Attraction). Not only that, your health also improves.
When we feel depressed, our immune system also gets affected by those negative feelings.
My Message To You
I know that when we are struggling, it’s hard to start any of these tips to improve our mental health. Which is okay. Don’t feel the pressure to be happy all the time. It’s okay to not be okay.
If you are sad, you have your reasons. We are humans after all, and we are allowed to feel whatever we want.
The important thing is to not make it a permanent situation. At some point, we need to start enjoying life.
Let yourself feel, cry, sleep, whatever you need first. Then you can act.
Whatever you are going through, take some time to be with yourself, and try to understand your current situation.
Ask yourself why you are going through this, and how you can fix it. You know, do some soul searching.
Sometimes we still carry the pain from something that happened when we were little. That’s why it’s so important to take care and heal our inner child (Ho’oponopono helps with this).
Like I said, I know it can be hard to take care of your mental health when you have responsibilities, but try to make it a priority. Find instances to start the healing process.
Don’t feel guilty for taking breaks. It won’t only benefit yourself, but also the ones around you.
It can start with little actions like taking a break from social media.
Just remember: no matter what you are going through, or your current mental health situation. It’s important to take time off to be just with yourself. Me time is sacred.
Create a safe space for yourself. A place where you can be yourself. Somewhere you can go to when you need to “decompress” from your daily life and reality.
Make it part of your routine to check up on yourself. You can do it once a month, once a week or whenever you think it’s the best for you.
You can use that time for journaling, meditating, or even to take naps if possible. Whatever your body and mind is asking for.