Sometimes when I think about what I want to accomplish with this blog, my brain gets all turned around. One important part of my anxious-riddled brain is thinking that every single decision I make is an important one, and that manifests itself more in this space than anything else. Every word I type and post I publish must be the best, most enlightened piece of content ever shared. Which means that sometimes I don’t focus on what I’d like to. I get too worried about how it will be received. And while that’s a long-term issue I’ll have to solve, I thought I’d face it today by posting exactly what I want: an encouragement post just for you. Because however you found this, whenever you’re reading it, and wherever you’re at in your mental health journey – a little positive encouragement can’t hurt!
Encouragement in Your Journey
I want to encourage you in your mental health journey. Regardless of whether or not you live with a mental health disorder, everyone is on their own journey to live mentally well. While that might require more work for some than others, it affects all of us, and there is always room for improvement. I encourage you to continue to find ways to help yourself and your mental health, because when you do that, you help others as well.
I want to encourage you in your relationships. Family, friends, romantic or anything else, I want to encourage you to seek healthy relationships with people who will have your back when you need it. Healthy relationships are imperative to mental wellness, and knowing what’s healthy and what isn’t just good for you, but for the people you have relationships with.
I want to encourage you to challenge yourself, and to think critically. Learning about my own mental health, has challenged nearly every facet and aspect of what I learned growing up. Be ready to adapt. Be ready to change. There are a million good ways that have helped me handle depression, but it couldn’t have happened if I didn’t challenge my preconceived notions about mental illness.
I want to encourage you to learn and do things for yourself. There are so many things we do in life that are to prove things to the world (I know, I do them every day). But the confidence I feel when I do something that is just for me and my own well-being is unique and extremely underrated.
I want to encourage you in your work. And this is work on anything and everything that you are passionate about. Regardless of what you do and where you are when you work, I want to encourage you to do your best, try your hardest and not to settle. And that even if you’re not where you want to be (trust me, I can relate), that you use that as fuel for the future.
I encourage you to make mental wellness a part of your day. Mental wellness should be a more significant part of American culture – at school, in the workplace, when you’re hanging with your friends. Anywhere and everywhere. Even if it’s just doing that on your own, it can go a long way.
I encourage you to take care of yourself, and put yourself first sometimes. One of the hardest things I’ve learned on my journey is that if my mental health isn’t a top priority, I can’t help anyone. And by putting myself first in certain situations, I’m helping more people than just me.
Lastly, I want to thank you for reading today. Thank you for supporting people. Thank you for pushing yourself. And while I’m encouraging you all today, I want to thank you for encouraging me – it’s a good reminder that we’re stronger together.