Mental Health is one of the most common illness in today’s world.

A mental illness affects everything from your thoughts to your behavior to your relationships. It may sap your energy, mood and sleep. It may distort your beliefs about yourself and sink your self-esteem. It may feel like your days are regularly filled with a series of obstacles.

 If you’re like me, you have a past or current history of mental health issues. Those issues, or mental illnesses, often occur when those same thoughts and emotions or set off by internal or external triggers. The triggers can have a negative effect on your behavior, mental and physical health.

To come to an understanding of what is actually going on inside of your head. Or to discover that there are other people in the world like yourself. People who are facing the same issues. Going through the same highs and lows of mental illness, and combatting the same stigma.

Yourself

Seeking help starts with yourself. Self-help is vital to the journey to recovery. Self-help begins with self-awareness and self-discipline. Self-awareness helps identify certain triggers of your mental illness. While also being aware of what helps relieve them. These triggers can range from high levels of stress, family, friends, relationships or even world events.

Give yourself permission to seek help by taking care of yourself. Exercise more often and go on that walk after work. Start watching what you eat, get extra sleep, but most importantly find out what works best for you. The most important self-care tip of all is to value your time and energy. Start small, take your time, and be patient with yourself.

Don’t be ashamed of seeking help on your road to recovery. As recovery is remembering who you are and using your strengths to become all that you were meant to be. By seeking help through self-care and therapy, you will begin to find yourself again. Mental health is as important as physical health.