Out Of The Shadows.

Dealing with anxiety and depression is a lot like hiding in the shadows – its easier to exist in the dark because that’s where you find comfort. Darkness has been my home away from home for what seems like 10 years now. I realized I was dealing with a serious mental illness when I tried to kill myself 10 years ago and sadly it hasn’t let its hold up from me yet. When my mom and I were taking these photos I reviewed them and realized how perfectly they summed up my life to this point. Dealing with mental illness is no walk in the park, to be honest its the most draining thing I’ve faced BUT I have found a few tips and tricks that help me along the way and I figured why not drop them below for those who are dealing with the same issues I am.

  1. Meditate 
    1. I just recently discovered meditation and I am still shocked at how much it helps. I use a few different apps that help me find my center. [all available in app store]
      1. calm – calming exercises, breathing techniques to help you relax
      2. headspace – Find calmness, wellness, and balance in your life with this app’s guided meditation and mindfulness techniques for daytime use.
      3. the mindfulness app –  A five-day guided practice and introduction to mindfulness helps you get started, and timed guided or silent meditations from 3 to 30 minutes will suit your busy lifestyle. The app also offers personalized meditation options, reminders to keep you mindful throughout the day, and statistics to track in your meditation journal.
  2. Journal 
    1. I started following Alex Elle on Instagram and reading all of her posts about healing and doing the work to come out on the other side so when she dropped a personalized journal and offered journal questions in her a newsletter i knew it was time for me to invest in a journal to keep my mental health in check and the space to self reflect while writing things down.
  3. Exercise 
    1. I made it a habit to hit the gym 3x a week and just focus on bettering myself – mentally, emotionally and physically and even spending just 30 minutes at the gym has done wonders for my mental. There are days where I am so bogged down with life that those 30 minutes are highly appreciated and I leave the gym feeling so much lighter than when I walked in.

I hope these little tips and tricks I use in my everyday life might help you in yours – if I missed something you think I should try drop a comment below and let me know!

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