TRIGGER WARNING-SUICIDE, MENTAL HEALTH
As I woke up this morning, my Mom shared that Anthony Bourdain committed suicide. My heart broke as I realized this was only a few days after hearing about Kate Spade’s death. To be honest, I didn’t say much about Kate Spade a couple days ago. Now I am. With these two powerful people struggling with mental health all of their lives, how are we to maintain our own mental health?
As someone who struggles with my generalized anxiety disorder daily, I’m often thinking of how I can maintain my own self-care. I consistently am thinking of self-care and how to better my own practice. Especially with all of the news of Trump, shootings, racism, homophobia, etc. Here are some things I try to do daily.
Netflix – Netflix is one of my biggest coping skills. It sounds silly, but it offers a place of distraction. I just try not to binge too much or at least be doing other things while I’m watching (literally listening to netflix right now!). Do what works best for you. Watch what you like and what will make you happy.
Spotify – I have a calming playlist on my spotify account that I made and am constantly adding songs that make me feel happy/better. There’s also a ton of playlists others make that I listen to as well. My calming playlist isn’t always super calming so I listen to others. I also made a musicals playlist that makes me SUPER happy. Musicals are my jam and make me giggle when I belt them out. Use whatever music app you enjoy and listen to music that makes you happy.
Talk – Anyone that knows me, knows I talk A LOT. But when I’m super anxious or upset I have my people that I call. It’s usually my mom or my little sister. Reach out to those that can help and care. If you don’t have anyone, reach out to me! I’m a great listener.
Read – I love to read. Some days I’ll read a lot, some days I won’t at all. It’s another tool for distraction for me. Obviously not everyone’s a reader, but find something that helps distract you-drawing, sports, photography, nature, etc.
Medication – I take medication daily. Medications that help dim my anxiety. Medication isn’t for everyone, so do what you need to do.
Therapy – I see a therapist once a week. I find it super helpful. It’s also not for everyone, but it’s helpful to have someone listen.
Do what you need to do to help make you feel happy and less stressed.
Take care of yourself friends and reach out if you need it. I may not know you, but I care. You are important.
If you or anyone you know is struggling please reach out to the statewide crisis hotline at 1-888-568-1112