In my last blog post, I detailed the mental health struggles I face and how they affect me in daily life. In this post, I will describe some ways I help myself, and you can help me, deal with these struggles.
Won’t you hold my hand?
We all need a hand to hold once in a while. I am no exception. My typical positions are:
- I place my thumb on the back of your hand and my figures on the palms, or the other way round
- I rest my hand on the back of yours. Use this if you’re uncomfortable with position 1.
This provides a sense of peace and relief in periods of depression, stress or anxiety.
Take a walk, just a little walk
I’m sure we all agree that a bit of fresh air now and then allows us to escape from what’s going on around us and breathe freeand easy. The sensory overload of too much loud noise, the stress of a fast-paced work environment, the anxiety of overcrowded places, they can all be fixed with a breath of fresh air.
The sound of music
It is scientifically proven that the music we listen to influences our mood. Upbeat music makes us feel happy, slow violin music makes us feel sad. Music is a great way for me to escape from my feelings and enter another world. I like many different types of music from rock to hiphop to rap. Music can also sometimes defeat a misophonia attack.
These are just some of the ways in which I deal with my daily mental health struggles. We all have different ways of dealing with things. Let me know down in the comments how you deal with issues in your daily life, be it emotional or physical. Let’s start a community!