I have had so much to reflect on recently but have been struggling to put it into coherent sentences. When I am preoccupied with thoughts my sleep suffers, my skin breaks out in stress spots and my body’s normal functioning fluctuates.
Recently I rolled out a mental health awareness module to my team. I found when I was preparing to deliver the presentation that I really resonated with some of the points. While I may not feel like I have a mental health problem, I do see the physical changes when I come under strain.
A step towards tackling these underlying issues is to treat the physical symptoms. For me it may be swimming more during the week as stress release, watching an episode of my favourite feel-good series, or doing something as simple as chores. Recognising when my body is telling me to slow down has been vastly important in my self care journey. For a long time I thought doing things for myself was selfish, that saying no to invites was rude, and that people expected me to be a certain way. This is all a work in progress but the more I realise my mental health comes first, the happier I can be.