Mental illness sucks. That's the only way to truly describe it and capture my honest feelings on it at the same time. It affects everything you do, think, and feel. It encroaches on your life and before you know it, you're unable to function like the rest of the society.
This is what millions of Americans are dealing with daily. They suffer in silence as the rest of the country continues on in ignorance.
In this series, we hope to help eliminate a small bit of stigma by informing the public audience about mental illnesses from both a personal and an informational standpoint. As someone diagnosed with depression, generalized anxiety disorder, and borderline personality disorder, we have plenty of personal experience to go on.
Mental illness affects one's mental and physical health. In the first chapter of this series, I'd like to give a few tips for keeping yourself mentally healthy. You'll notice many of these tips go hand-in-hand with proper physical health as well. This is an important correlation to realize: that one's physical and mental health are intrinsically connected.
At first, people think this as a bunch of BS, but it honestly works. By repeating over and over a phrase like "I will stop procrastinating today." (a personal favorite) or "I am a strong person." you are not only meditating on that phrase but the phrase is ingrained in your subconscious. Some call it the Law of Attraction, but we call it common sense now.
Sleeping too much, doesn't help either. A major sign of depression is sleeping more than usual. People tend to sleep for around twelve to fourteen hours a day when depressed. Keep a balance and try to sleep at the same time every night.
There are so many more helpful tips for keeping yourself mentally healthy that perhaps will be included in some other part of this series. In the meantime, try to incorporate these elements into your life so you can keep yourself and your brain healthy.