On Saturday and Sunday I watched the 8+ hour Together At Home special put together by Lady Gaga and whoever else (my apologies for being fuzzy on the details) and I’m so glad I did because of one particular reason.
There was a mental health expert who spoke for a few minutes and what she had to say put me at ease.
Forgive my paraphrasing. I’m speaking here from memory (and elaborating with personal experience). I can’t go and find her in the 8 hour video, unfortunately. A Google search hasn’t helped me either. But I’m going to do my best to get the message across.
If you’re like me and you’re struggling a little, please remember that this is completely normal, no matter what your circumstances are. Also, the doctor mentioned that people with pre-existing anxiety conditions may be struggling a little more. Don’t be like me and assume “oh I’m so used to anxiety I should be fine”. This is a new anxiety. It’s ok to be a bit off tilt!
She mentioned three things that I think we all kind of “know” are important, but sometimes just need to be reminded of, and I was grateful to be reminded so I’m sharing these with you.
Meditation: I think meditation means a lot of different things for different people. For some it’s reading the bible or other religious texts. For some it is prayer. For some it is a quiet moment to clear thoughts. For some gentle music. Whatever your meditation preference, it’s important to take it a little more seriously than usual during this time. Meditation goes a long way toward mental health.
Movement: Depression and anxiety make this one difficult I know. On a very personal level I know!! But try to keep moving as much as possible. Even if it’s a ten minute yoga video from YouTube. Or sweep the whole house (you’ll feel great for the accomplishment). Don’t make the mistake of doing no movement at all just because you feel that the little you are capable of “doesn’t count”. It counts. Move.
Gratitude: There are so many things to be grateful for, always. And this is something that is mentioned consistently when it comes to mental health, self awareness, and self improvement. What are you grateful for today? Think of just one thing. Then think of another. Write them down.
Most importantly: If you are struggling please speak to a health practitioner. If you’ve been hesitating about reaching out, consider this your sign. It’s ok to struggle. It’s ok to ask for help. In fact, it’s necessary.
Stay safe, my friends! We are in this together!