Everywhere you look online, there will always be a post on mental health or mental health awareness. Different people with different platforms and voices have come together to create a single voice for the mentally struggling people.
As the world grows older, the younger are those who become affected by mental illness. A study has shown that as early as ten years old, a child can already be struggling with mental health issues that may remain undiagnosed and untreated for years or, in worse cases, they remain like that forever. Right now, to give you an idea, depression has now become one of the main reasons for death. This is alongside heart attacks, cancer, and stroke.
You are struggling, but you are not ready to come out and ask for help fully. What could be the things you could do for yourself to help with the struggle. There are many tips online on what you could do to help yourself get out of that dark place but what I have here today is just a few things you could do to help pull yourself out of that rock bottom.
First things first, you have to choose actually to start helping yourself. No matter what you do or what you say, when the will to give yourself a better life is not there, you will always go back to that same dark spot. You have to consciously choose to become better and put in the work to make progress and not just cause yourself more harm than before.
Moving on from choosing to change, we go to you, actually starting to value yourself. You have to start teaching yourself how to be more kind and respectful to yourself. Kindness and respect should not come from other people; these things should first and for most come from you. Avoid being too harsh with yourself and give yourself some time to breathe. Take a break and make time for the things that you love doing. This is where you choose yourself.
Of course, you have to treat your body well too. Studies have shown that our physical health can greatly affect our mental health and vice versa. So how you treat your body can affect your mind. If you eat healthily, exercise regularly, avoid smoking and drinking, and get enough sleep, then your body and your mind will thank you for how well you are treating them.
Now, since you are on a path of positivity and a journey of helping yourself be in a better mental space, you have to surround yourself with people who positively influence you. As much as possible, avoid toxic and manipulative people. These people will only lead you to lose your progress. Still, if you are surrounded by positive people who support you on your journey towards healing, then the chances are that you will eventually heal and reach a certain point in your life where you know you are happy and healthy.
Lastly, I know this is not exactly something you can do on your own, but this is something that you will thank yourself for doing. Choosing to go to therapy for your issues can greatly help in your healing process. This way, you understand everything that is happening a lot better, and you see things a little bit differently.
Reaching out to a professional can change everything. That decision will greatly affect how your life will turn out because a therapist is not just there to supply you with the medicine you need, but they are also there so that you can process everything correctly. They help you make sure that you are coping healthily and not going down a false positivity path.
At the end of the day, the most important thing to remember is that no one can ever decide for you. The conscious choice of wanting to be better can help you reach your healing point. All I can do is provide you with lists of things that you do to help yourself and say a few motivational lines, but at the end of the day, it is your choice whether or not you want to help yourself. All these things you can find online can only get you so far. This will still be your choice, and no one else can make that choice for you.
You will have to remember that although we could not make that choice for you, there are still people all around you who are willing to help you through these dark and trying times. All you have to do is reach out. Download that therapy app. Go to your counselor, social worker, psychologist, or psychiatrist. Mental health must always be prioritized.