Mental Health- How important?

April 03, 2017

"How come every other organ in your body can get sick and you get sympathy, except your brain?"
-Ruby Wax

Have you ever thought about your mental health? How important it is not only for your sanity but for your health as a whole? How do you take care of your mind and soul? Why do people not take mental illness as seriously as ailments in other parts of the body?  Let's talk about this issue that might be a problem for some of us.
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

For the last couple of months (what have felt more like a year) I have been fighting with this issue and it has made not only my peace of mind a living hell but also life. This has affected how I treat others on certain days and it has punch my loving life more times than I can think of (I have been very lucky to have an amazing man by my side). However, that hasn't always felt like the case; the more I was drowning the more it affected us, how I treated him and how afraid I was to open up. It came down to a point when I thought the best idea was to push myself away from him in order to help myself (I was wrong!). He helped me feel the love I craved for and needed at my lowest points, and trust me feeling at my lowest was a common feeling.

This issue also affected my day to day activities; my moods were everywhere, I would go from happy to sad in seconds and finding myself hiding in the bathroom in tears was a common thing. I was on the edge of exploiting often, angry and upset at everything and everyone especially myself. And the most common one; confused. I had no idea why this was happening to me, why was I feeling like this, what have I done to be at this point? I had hit rock bottom and I didn't know how to fix it.

I found myself having good days, really good days where life felt just about right. Then, I have bad days where I questioned who I have become and why I'm feeling like I have a hole in my chest, drained and ready to just give up. The aches and pain got the best of me many nights. I questioned not only who I was, and who I have become, but why was this happening to me? I'm so young, I should be enjoying life and be happy for all the great things and how much God has blessed me. I was blaming myself for feeling how I was feeling, for acting how I was acting, for losing who I was. Little did I know this was not something I had to punish myself for, but just help myself.

What to do if you're going through something similar?
  • First thing first. Check the signs out, if you start to realize you are not yourself anymore look for answers and find what is causing this.
  • Seek professional HELP!- It is very important to be able to look for help (Do not feel weak because you're doing this, this is you being STRONG).
  • Prepare your mind to be more positive. Little by little make yourself happier.
What have I done to help myself?
  • I was taking prescription pills for my migraine that seemed to affect my mood swings, I let GO of those pills so quick.
  • Focused on things that made me happy (this blog!), myself (I did it for me, I missed the old me so I needed to step it up).
  • My ONLY new year resolution was to be a happier person. It does not always happen, but I try every day. 
Things I have learned that helped?
  • Let it out, but bounce out of it. Do not get stuck in the pain it only drowns you.
  • Talk to someone (someone that will listen)
  • Invest yourself in hobbies and things you like
  • Stay Positive
  • And most important, LOVE YOURSELF.
Remember it happens at any age and moment of your life and is a work in progress to bounce out of it. Do not punish yourself if you're going through this, mental health is just as important as physical health, heal yourself. 

Visit to learn more about the signs and what mental health is.

With so Much Love,

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