6 days ago
I don’t take managing my mental (and physical) health lightly.
The stakes are high. Like many of us, I have a mind that if left alone, will decide to waddle over to the dark side. I am able to utter the meanest things and paralyze myself of any advancement, growth or happiness. I’ve seen professionals & taken medication. On SSRIs for three years throughout university, increasing a little bit every semester due to still not being able to put my finger on what was wrong.
Over a few short months I’ve discovered practices that keep my mind in its ideal state and my soul in the right place, without needing a milligram of medication. And I ironically feel 1000 times better than before.
I wake up one hour earlier. Then I take a few minutes to monitor my breathing, and make sure I’m breathing from the stomach, and not the chest. Then I yogi (as I like to say). Then I meditate on the upcoming day and my present state. Then I journal, if I have anything I need to say (not always). Whenever I meet someone who inspires me, I listen carefully to what they say and try to understand how come they carry themselves as beautifully as they do.
I self-teach. I learn to listen to my bodies screams and respect its needs.
And slowly, the screams become gentle whispers. -
It’s a 24h commitment. It’s why I like to sleep 8h and why I bail on activities I don’t feel like doing (ps: I never have FOMO). It’s why I like my routines and my habits. Nothing matters more, and nobody else can do it for me. I worship my mind. The vessel that carries you is the only one you will have. Treat it wrongly and it will rebel. Lesson...please, take care of yourselves. ✨❤️
**Disclaimer: I definitely do NOT advocate the removal of medication needed to support optimal functioning in cases where illness is highly prevalent. This is very personal and to be regulated by a professional. In MY case, I believe I was misled without any optional routes, which led me to crutch on something that was not the solution made for ME.