My mental health is legit my main priority. I’m not joking. It is at the top of my list. Above working out, above eating healthy, above my boyfriend and yes, even above the show This is Us (which I am for reals obsessed with.)
Mental health and living in a balanced emotional state is the most important thing in the world to me. If you’ve listened to my podcast or know anything about the life journey that led me to become a breakthrough coach and the founder of WIP, you know that I had a rocky past when it comes to finding emotional balance.
Suicide attempts, depression, BPD, and Bi-Polar disorder diagnosis. Seriously.. my mental health was a serious struggle. And truthfully, for a long time I felt branded by that. In a bad way. So many people who have diagnosis feel that way. I know I’m not alone.
But a few weeks ago I opened up about my story more in Friday’s Real Deal Post – and I shared some of my most recent discoveries and battles with feeling emotionally clear and happy.
I have it down to a system now. Whenever I feel off, I can notice it, recognize it and really snap myself back into that healthy clear minded state. Being in-tune with my body and mind has drastically changed my life. And anyone can do it.
In case you are wondering – my body does not absorb serotonin the way it is supposed to (serotonin is that happy feel good vibe hormone that makes you feel like a unicorn.) Yeah… that’s my deal.
It took me years to master the art of feeling happy, getting balanced and clearing out the mind clutter. And seriously… feeling happy and balanced should never take someone years to master. It’s something we all deserve to feel every day.
So today I thought I would jut take some space on the WIP blog to share my top tips for treating my mental illness. How I stay mentally balanced and clear every day. – a little glimpse inside my lifestyle routine for taking care of my mind.
How I Treat My Mental Illness – Natural Steps to Healing Your Mind
I journal every single day.
A big part of being emotionally off balance – is that once you teeter into sadness land, it is really easy to experience what I call “the snowball effect.” One bad thought turns into a million bad thoughts. Suddenly your little baby snowflake problem has turned into this big massive giant snowball that is rolling down the hill into sadness land. Get my point?
Well this is why I journal. Practicing gratitude exercises and keeping a notebook where I can log track and monitor how I am feeling is the biggest freaking game changer for my life. Notebooks are my favorite. I am obsessed. Which is probably why I published my workbook series on Amazon – because i freaking love journaling. Being able to write down how I am feeling slows down the thoughts in my mind and allow me to really craft the art of thinking clearly. It’s amazing.
I take a massive amount of supplements.
In my last post on mental illness (the one I linked to in the top of this article) I shared some of my supplements. I take True Calm herbal pills to help with anxiety. I take fish oil daily because omega 3 is so so great for your mind. And I take b12 because I don’t eat a lot of meat. When I take supplements, I take the same dose every day and I remain really adamant about never skipping.
I limit processed foods in my diet.
Certain things trigger my depression and “in a funk” attitude. Often times if I am eating too many processed foods, I find that falling into that slump happens way more… so I try my best to avoid processed foods, meat with hormones or anything with too many ingredients I can’t pronounce. If I can’t say it, I try not to eat it.
I make sure I exercise every day.
“Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands.” Elle Woods, Legally Blonde. Enough said.
I don’t stay up late and focus on making sure I get at least 8 hours of sleep.
So yeah. I am a baby grandma. Right now, I go to bed at 8PM and let my body naturally wake up when it feels ready to. I stay up later in the summer, because the sun is out longer and it just feels natural to me. Keeping my sleep schedule consistent with the rise and fall of the sun actually helps me feel more balanced and align with my energy and mood. It makes sense. Seasonal depression is a thing guys.
I share how I am feeling regularly with someone who I trust.
Matt is my GO TO human being. The minute I feel off, I talk to him about it. I express how I am feeling. Why do I do this? I don’t do it because I need something from him. I actually do it because sharing how I feel forces me to put words to what it is I am experiencing internally.. It helps me develop a language for expressing what certain moods mean to me.
“I’m feeling off,” vs. “I’m feeling really disassociated,”
“I’m in a funk,” vs. “I feel super out of it,”
Different feelings mean different things. And being able to really try to describe my emotions in some other way than “I am sad,” has helped me really recognize when there is a problem.
I keep a list of warning signs.
Over the years I have become really away of the warning signs. The “heads up something isn’t right,” warning signs. If my handwriting is different, or if my sleep pattern suddenly gets sporadic and off – or even if I suddenly feel like i don’t want to shower or do chores around the house – I know that my anxiety and depression is about to go haywire.
Being away of how your mental illness manifests in the real world is huge. It allows you to nip things in the butt the minute you notice something isn’t right.
I don’t ever ignore my illness.
When something is wrong, I take a time out. I cancel plans, I rearrange my schedule, I even disconnect from social media. I seriously do whatever it takes to show my mind that I love it, I care about it, and that I am willing to help it heal. The minute I need a bit of a mental break, I stop doing things for others and focus on healing. I take long bubble baths, I meditate, I journal, I go for a long walk, or I lay in bed and sleep all day if that is what I need.
If my mind is telling me to do it. I listen.