Antonia shares her top 5 tips for maintaining mental health after reaching a crisis point.
– – Antonia Bell
I had been in bad moods for as long as I can remember. Most of the time I felt happy when I was around friends, but I also had an inexorable darkness in my head that I struggled with every day. This went on for years, with the occasional pursuit of help, but since it never meant anything, I kept it hidden in my walls from outwardly positive projections.
It was when I was in my sophomore year of college when I was engulfed by a mix of university lifestyle, heavy workload, and past tendency to be in a bad mood. After I hit my lowest point– –written about in my first blog post “My Racial Identity Crisis”– –I realized that I had to change. I had to rework and train my mind and remove all of these self-limiting beliefs that had become insidiously embedded in my material.
The most important thing was figuring out the things that were the roots of my bad mood and then starting the process to work them through in a variety of ways. Here are some of the techniques that have worked for me.
1. Connect with others
Without my friends, who continue to support me and lift me up when self-doubt creeps in, I couldn’t have gotten to where I am now. I think the most important thing is to open up to those around you or to get professional help like this as advice; Even if that feels scary, it really is the most liberating thing I have ever done and what I want to do every day.
With depression, you feel alone, but not. In fact, you are far from it. Connect with others.
2. Express myself creatively
I have always loved writing and using poetry as a base for creative expression, some of which I post on my poetry Instagram page. I used to write in college many times, be it journaling to articulate my thoughts and feelings in order to decipher and understand them, or poetry to creatively express those feelings.
Using a creative medium to express yourself can help you channel your mental energy and see the positivity in the world. This can be anything that feels good and fits your person. Try something new when you have the space!
3. Practice positive self-affirmation
I use positive affirmations to create a feeling of love and acceptance around me. People learn through repetition, so it makes sense to repeat loving things to yourself every day. Even if you don’t believe it at first, at some point it will invade your consciousness and present mind.
“I am full of love and light; I show acceptance, forgiveness, and good intentions for myself and others. “
4th Work out!
Exercise was a crucial part of reconnecting with my body and leveling my headspace. Learning to empower myself through exercise has been a miracle for my self worth and identity of being able to exist in a more mindful place. Not only do I use these uplifting activities to boost my physical and mental energy, but I also use my exercise routines to create my own self-created space that I can enter regularly.
Every form of movement and movement is positive. The most important quality is being able to move your body in a way that feels good to you – be it running, exercising, exercising, yoga, or anything else.
5. Take breaks
It is a long process to work on myself and manage my mental health problems and I still have to work consciously every day. It’s not always easy. You may feel mentally exhausted and sometimes want to give up. But in these moments, your decision will help you determine your path. These moments when you choose YOU will help you tune into the path that will better align you with yourself.
Take breaks, acknowledge yourself, surround yourself with love, and give yourself the space to grow and develop.
Hello, my name is Antonia! I am 23 years old and have a longstanding passion for poetry and writing. I wanted to write about my experience of growing up in England and how it led to my feelings of inadequacy and depression. I hope it helps or comfort anyone who reads.