In a not-so-rose-colored-world of realness, there are those of us (myself included) who have battled depression, thoughts of suicide, feelings of inadequacy and hopelessness – just to name a few. Personally, the benchmarks for success that I’ve previously used were those of the people with the image of a perfect life. Kind of crazy, right?
But is it, really?
There is a prescription for better mental health that a friend shared with me once upon a time that now, I am going to share with you. Use the dosage that’s right for you.
1.) Create something but give yourself permission to fail.
Most creatives get in “their zone” when they have an aha moment. They blog, podcast, bake, sketch, and sew; to name a few. One thing that I’m going to strongly encourage you not to lose sight of is the fact that your creation might not be a favorite amongst what can be a harsh audience of critics (also keep in mind that said critics, for the most part, have their own feelings of inadequacies to battle – so don’t give folks that kind of power over your shit).
2.) Make rest a priority.
Hear me well; I used to be Queen of Team NO SLEEP. Let me advise you now, though, that it’s one of the most asinine rationales you could ever have. EVER. Your health is directly tied to the amount of healthy rest you get. It’s that simple.
3.) Connect with the people that you’re with.
I’ve been on vacation from my corporate gig for the last week. Instead of having my phones tied to my hip, per usual, I took advantage of my opportunity to spend some quality time with my teenage boys. We’ve watched movies, ate an unhealthy amount of carbs while watching movies and played interactive games on our smart phones where we could have friendly competitions. With only one more day before I go back to slaying the dragons of managing international imports for one of the biggest auto manufacturers in the world, I’m really looking forward to the next time I can spend this kind of time with them. If you have kids who you love very dearly like I do, I’m sure you can relate.
4.) Slow down.
It’s quite alright to pump your brakes. Inhale. Exhale. Repeat. Stop at the yellow light for a change. In a constant mode of go-go-go, you’ll miss the beauty of life as it’s happening. The sunrise is a little more beautiful to enjoy when you’re not in such a rush.
What are some of the lessons you’ve learned about how to prioritize mental health? Share them on Instagram and use the hashtag #PrioritizeYourMentalHelath.