One of the issues that stops people from asking for help is the stigmatized use of anti-depressants.
Every person and every battle is unique and we should utilize every reliable, safe and helpful tool available we have to help people battle mental health related problems.
Being on anti-depressants is not a failure, it can be a blessing and help regain some quality of life.
Eliminating food intolerances, improving gut health, getting fresh air, talking to a qualified licensed mental health professional, exercise, acupuncture, vitamins, sunlight, petting animals, being part of a community and getting enough sleep have all been shown to improve mental health through the release of endorphins.
These can all be used along with anti-depressants or as a stand alone treatment depending on your diagnosis.
However, if you are feeling lost or hopeless, these self care tips can be extremely difficult, so it's up to the people around you and yourself to check in.
If someone you know is struggling, you can start being there for them today by just asking them to go for a walk, taking them to a cat cafe to cuddle kittens, or just be there so that THEY can TALK.
We are all in this together.
As a bipolar mama of an almost one year old, I can say, getting back to my regular dosage of meds after having to be off for nearly two years because I was pregnant and breastfeeding, has been one of those most draining tasks, but here I am, and I am so proud of myself.
My daughter is fed, nourished, happy, thriving, growing and mama needs to be too so I said, it’s time to pull out the freezer breast milk, dry up my remaining supply and start showing up for me so I can keep showing up for my baby girl.
Showing compassion, understanding and empathy when dealing with mental illness should be a default.
We can't keep ignoring and losing beautiful people who have so much to give, we can do this.
There is no shame to be felt when saying you are not okay, but getting there. I’m right there with you will always hold space here for those of us continually being the silent warriors when society calls us weak.
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