Or so the alert from my meditation app is telling me.
I thought a nice thing to do would be to share anything we’ve managed to do in the last year that’s improved our mental health.
I have two. One is that I’m better at allowing myself to make allowances for my mental health. It’s ok to avoid things that are bad for my mental health sometimes. It’s ok to make adjustments to make things easier for myself. I don’t have to do the “normal” thing because that’s what everyone else does, because I find some things difficult that other people don’t. That is all ok.
The second is being more open with the people in my life about any mental health issues I’ve been having. I’ve told acquaintances at penoid events that I’m having a bad anxiety day. I’ve told a co-worker when I’ve been on medication to keep on top of things. I’ve opened up to a friend about going to counseling. It’s been very freeing and has helped to remove some of the (unfounded!) shame I’ve associated with each of those things.