It’s Mental Health week this week, so I thought today’s post was most apt as over the last month I have had first hand experience of how important it is to look after your mental health as well as you physical health.
Now more than ever I have realised that when life gets stressful, I need to take time for myself. I have been having a particularly stressful time over the last few weeks and quite frankly I have been an absolute wreck. I’ve spent most of the last month being so emotional, that I end up feeling rubbish all the time and crying.
Emotions are a funny thing aren’t they? Sometimes you can feel on top of the world loving life and other times you wish the ground would open up and swallow you. It’s hard. really hard. No one tells you that you can be in a fight with yourself, where you literally don’t know where to turn and with every decision you make another part of your brain questions it.
It’s not even like every part of my life is falling apart, I mean pretty much all of my life is absolutely great… amazing fiancé, great friends and family etc etc. However, when one thing starts to niggle at you, it’s so hard to switch that off.
I’ve been having a tough time with my career and not because there is anything wrong with my job but because I’m just not sure what I want anymore. I recently started a job in a new place and it has made me question everything. My emotions are all over the place because I’m fighting with myself. I’ve spent most of my teenage and adult life working towards this career and at the moment I am just not feeling it at all.
Should I just stay? Should I leave and risk not finding another job? Should I switch career and pursue something else? Should I go back to my old place of work? (I didn’t leave by choice) or should I just be brave and take a risk? All questions I’ve been asking myself for the last month and not been able to answer. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster and I still don’t think I’ve truly made a decision.
I’ve been so emotional that it’s been taking over my daily life, my moods are all over the place, I’m struggling to focus and it’s starting to affect the people around me. It made me realise that although I may be feeling absolutely rubbish, I needed to pull myself together and be more practical (easier said than done I know!), for the sake of my sanity.
To do this, I decided to take some proper time for myself because the best way for self healing is self care. In order for me to process the decisions I need to make and feel good for it, I need to recuperate.
I am very much a home bird so my idea of rest and recuperation is to have a nice long bath, pamper myself with some lovely products and then get out and watch a cosy film wrapped in a duvet.
My very lovely friend treated me to a Champneys hamper for my birthday so I thought it was the perfect time to try out some of the beautiful products, seeing as I’ve been feeling so rubbish. It made me feel a lot better to just spend some time pampering myself, forgetting about the outside world and really looking after my mental health after a tough few weeks.
The last few weeks have really made me realise how important looking after your mental health is. It didn’t take me long at all to spiral into a bit of a state, but took me quite a lot longer to pull myself out of that state of mind. It really is so important to look after your mental health just like you look after your physical health!
Also remember there are also people out there that can help you whether that be family, friends or even a therapist… you are not alone!
I hope if you are not feeling so great, that this post helps you to take the steps in order to make yourself feel better. And remember Thursday 10th October is World Mental Health Day where you can wear yellow to support the #helloyellow initiative to support the mental health of children and young adults.
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P.S I wrote a post a couple of years back about ‘How to Deal with Stressful Days‘ which might help to stop those stressful days turning into stressful weeks and months.