I was recently tagged by Jade, a fiercely dedicated fellow mental health blogger for the Liebster Award. https://lotsoflovebyjade.wordpress.com/
This tag was created to help new bloggers be discovered and connect with the rest of the blogging community.
The rules are:
•Recognize who tagged you and promote their blog on your blog
•Answer all questions asked of you
•Create 11 NEW questions
•Tag 11 people with under 200 followers
Questions from Lotsoflovebyjade:
1. What is your story?
In college I was diagnosed with GAD (Generalized Anxiety Disorder) and Dysthymia (Depression). I went through therapy with three different therapist, I really only liked two of them and my last one the most, but she left my dr office, so I am not currently going. I also tried meds for a while on and off. I am officially off all of them and take daily supplements of Turmeric and use essential oils to help me. For the longest time I had a lot of unresolved feelings from my parents divorce when I was really young. Also, growing up I always felt different and would often get stomachaches and not want to go places because I was worrying so much, it was just constant. I didnt know back then, but I probably have had my anxiety since at least 4th grade. I was also always coming up with excuses to not hang out with my friends or go out and sometimes I would feel really really down and just sit on the bathroom floor and cry. I didnt know any of this was depression or anxiety–it never crossed my mind back then and now a lot of my behaviors then make so much sense. Im proud of how far I have come and how I am using my voice to help others.
2. How is your recovery/self-love journey going?
My journey/self-love journey is going great. Being completely honest I did not have a lot of self-love before, deep down I actually didn’t really like myself at all. Therapy and learning more about my anxiety and depression and really understanding why I felt certain ways or responded in certain ways really helped me. The biggest thing for me is having compassion for myself. Im usually really hard on myself and used to expect myself to be perfect and “recover” quickly. I would get upset when I would have what I thought were setbacks or when I responded to situations in the same ways. Now, I try to allow myself to feel my feelings and know that recovery or being a human isnt linear. Its important to be kind to yourself when you are struggling and trying to make changes.
3. What’s one thing or person that always motivates or encourages you?
My boyfriend and dad. (I know you said 1 but…) They always encourage me to keep doing my thing and share my experiences regarding mental health.
4. What are 5 things that make you happy?
*not in a particular order
5. What inspired you to blog/write?
I started my very first blog last summer when I was going through therapy. Writing was therapeutic for me and it felt good to share. Im also a teacher and have seen a lot of students struggling with their mental health. This really motivated me to start sharing more. I figured if just one person relates or finds what I am writing to be helpful then that is amazing. I know I used to feel (before I was diagnosed) that I was alone in what I was feeling and going through and it would have been helpful to have someone who had been there to know that it was a “normal” or okay.
6. What are your future plans in life?
I have been teaching for 5 years and want to continue doing that. I want to grow my blog/community of followers to continue spreading awareness about mental health and I want to go back for my masters degree possibly in psychology.
7. What is your favorite mental health organization?
•NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
•Suicide Prevention Lifeline
•Crisis Text Hotline
I was able to make suicide prevention/awareness posters for the school I teach at and included both numbers. I think it is great to give students/kids/people different ways to reach out for help.
8. What do you hope your blog will accomplish with the community or others?
I really just want to reach out to as many people as possible and help spread awareness and knowledge about mental health. I want to let people know they aren’t alone and having a mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. I would love to collaborate with others as well. I hope people can relate to what I am writing or find it helpful and want to keep coming back for more
9. What is your opinion/thoughts on 13 Reasons Why if you watched it?
I read the book a few years ago and liked it, so I knew I had to watch Season 1. The ending in the season was different than the ending in the book and seeing the ending the show decided to go with was raw and hard to stomach for me personally, but I think it’s important to talk about serious situations such as suicide because those are conversations that need to be had to help prevent it. I didn’t think the show was portraying that the people on the tapes should be held responsible for her committing suicide, but I think they were trying to make the point that what you do and how you treat other people matters. And you may not always know what someone is going through or has gone through. Overall I liked it. I think that it can be a great way to continue the conversation around a topic that is often shunned and left out.
10. What do you do when you are going through an attack/crisis/episode?
Depends on where I am. If I am in public or with other people I will silently do a grounding exercise in my head and really try to focus on deep breathing.
If I am alone I might write out what I am thinking/feeling and cry lol. Then I will go back and figure out what caused me to feel a certain way and diffuse my thoughts to see what’s really going on–was I triggered, imagining the worst, etc.
It also depends on how I am feeling. Sometimes if I am feeling anxious I will want to be moving and workout or clean until I feel like I ready to process and write stuff down and really get into my feelings–I tend to avoid them.
11. What is some advice you would give to someone who might be struggling with a mental illness?
To be kind to yourself and laugh at yourself. Its cheesy but honestly we are all human and all struggle with something its okay if you mess up. Also, that you are never alone and however bad you feel it will get better, it just takes time and self awareness. Don’t be afraid to reach out and get help, we all need it sometimes and there is no shame in therapy or asking for help!
“Whatever you are feeling right now, there is a mathematical certainty that someone is feeling the exact thing. This is not to say you aren’t special. This is to say thank God you aren’t special.” Neil Hilborn
To keep this tag going I nominate:
1. Paige https://paigemckinnon.wordpress.com/
2. Amy https://mindyourwellnessblog.wordpress.com/
3. Kellie. https://fearlesslyflawedfeminist.wordpress.com/
4. Soph and Bec https://sophandbec.blog/2017/07/06/your-brain-give-it-a-rest/
5. Marnie http://www.epicenterabablogger.com/blog
6. Kara https://livingfaithoverfear.com/
7. Trina http://www.cookyourselfhappier.com/
8. Kelly https://thepruimlife.wordpress.com/My
9. Jessica https://www.wellfednutrition.co/
10. Meg https://mentalhealthmeg.com/page/2/
11. Nina http://sayhellotohealing.com/
Questions for the people I tagged:
1. How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start writing?
2. What is your experience/journey with mental health?
3. What are you favorite self-care tips/routines/rituals?
4. What else do you enjoy, aside from blogging?
5. What is your favorite food?
6. Any book recommendations? Mental health related or just for fun?
7. What are your long term goals for your blog?
8. What’s your favorite song when you are feeling down?
9. What keeps you positive?
10. What have you found to be the most difficult about blogging so far?
11. How has blogging or being a part of the blogging community helped you?
Thank you Jade for the tag! It was fun answering the questions and creating new ones to share!