Updated: Apr 15, 2021
After one too many blips with my own mental health, I began to find my own coping strategies, the main one being journaling.
I started to write and share my story. I was overwhelmed with the response. My struggle with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) Anxiety and depression are not uncommon and I wanted others to know, they were not alone.
My focus is to help break down the stigma in and around mental ill-health, by writing openly about my personal struggles in an approachable non-jargon way
What do you wish you were taught about mental wellbeing at school and why?
I wish I, (The class) were taught about emotions, explaining what feelings and emotions we may encounter and why. This would have helped to
understand what was 'normal' and what may be a sign to seek help.
Coping strategies would have also been great! To know how to help yourself get through more challenging periods in life. To help deal with stress, anxiety and the pressures that school (Life) can bring.
What do you do to care for your mental wellbeing?
Meditation is my main coping strategy. I opt for Breathwork throughout the day and before bed. The 4-7-8 Breathing technique sends me to the land of nod most nights.
I am a big fan of natural amino acids, taking L-theanine and L-Tyrosine which help the mood and relieving anxiety symptoms.
Also writing, and keeping any form of journal works wonders. Getting my problems out allows me to release pent up thoughts and feelings.
Another is being grateful. I daily list 5 things I am grateful for . This can be as basic as fresh air and the sun shining.