Yesterday I admitted my mental health is suffering. I felt so fortunate to get a quick appointment with my psychiatrist today. I truly am lucky that I can reach her quickly and schedule an appointment when I really need it. I know lots of mental health treatment does not go so smoothly.
So with appointment in hand, I was feeling a bit more hopeful. After I published and shared yesterday, your love and support was immediate and so appreciated. None of us have to go through the bad days alone. And even though my first instinct is to withdraw and hide, I’m proud of myself that I didn’t. I moved forward the way I knew I should.
I learned a few years ago that creative distraction is a BIG help to me when I’m down and out. And when I heard this morning that today is Blogging for Mental Health Day, I felt sad because I had expended a ton of energy yesterday writing my story and just didn’t know if I had it in me to write today. But I wanted to do something.
My first thought was to share a “inspirational mental health quote” but as I scoured the internet, in my present mind-frame I couldn’t relate to the positive, life-affirming, uplifting things I was seeing. Its just been one of those weeks. But then I saw Dory’s “Just keep swimming…” quote from Finding Nemo and it felt right. Some days I have to remind myself to trudge through. Keep moving. Put one foot in front of the other…until things start to look up.
I was having fun with it, so this afternoon before my son’s haircut, I played around with the app again. It put a smile on my face, which is a good thing when I’m feeling very much like not smiling. I just had to laugh at these pics. Maybe you had to be there, but whatever works, right?
So, what did y’all do today to make yourself smile? Any good self care ideas to share?
I did some drawing, saw my doctor (who’s slighting changing my meds, wish me luck!) and finally found a perfect way to blog for Blogging for Mental Health Day. And tonight, I promised my doctor to get a very good night’s sleep, because as she said, “Sleep in the number one thing you can do for your mental health.” Thanks Dr. P!