#UnapologeticallySpeakingMyTruth ~ 'Self Care' by Amy @amysselflove

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Self Care

So with it being Mental Health Awareness day this week, it made me think about how I manage my own mental health issues

I was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder back in 2014 I think it was and diagnosed with Depression back in 2010. Since 2010 I've had some pretty epic downs; I've been suicidal, I've called Samaritans about 15 times since then, I've self harmed, I've used certain 'methods' to self destruct that weren't drugs or alcohol, I've cried a LOT, I've lost who I was, had major identity crisi's and just generally been mentally unwell

I've lost friends, I've isolated, I've introverted, I've hidden away, I've closed myself off, I've detached from a lot of things including certain emotions but I've learnt about myself

Since 2014, I stepped back from my life and needed to figure out who I am, what I'm about, what I believe in, what my passions are, what I'm interested in, what I thrive on, what makes me mental illness worse

I'm still doing this in a lot of ways but I'm also a lot stronger and I know my triggers more so I DO want to get my social life back, become the girl who was the light in a room again, learn to let myself go a bit more. It's all learning

For me, self care is about learning and all the above. It's not all face masks and bubble baths. It's learning what helps you short & long term. It's understanding what to let go of in your life, it's learning WHO you are

Therapy was my favourite form of self care and I would recommend it to anyone! Seriously. I learnt so much

The main thing I have learnt is that life isn't always happy and full of positive vibes. It's messy, hard, upsetting, tough, beautiful, tragic, inspiring, hectic, harsh, kind... It's full of contradictions but we're here, guys. Living it. Be proud of that.

Written by Amy Connor
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