We’re back to Friday, and it’s a little bit of cloudy start here in St. Louis, MO.
But that’s ok, it’s still going to be a beautiful day. Today’s post is going to be an update on my mental health. So rewind back to my doctor’s visit on September 24th. If you’re new to the blog, and would like to check out the post, click here. That day, was not only a wake-up call for me to get my physical health in check, but it was also a wake-up call that I needed to keep my mental health in check.
Sure, I watch my favorite self-care influencers, and videos of adorable puppies most of the day on YouTube (that will never go away until I get a fur baby of my own). But I’m still asking myself “Is it enough?” Well, fast forward to this week. There were some days that were mood boosters. For instance, Week 03 of class went awesome and I got the highest grade on both my discussion post and my rough draft for my final project, so I still have 100% in the class. I’m really enjoying my journey with Ashford, and taking these online classes because I love taking the time to engage with my teachers and my peers, whereas before I was so shy and nervous about saying anything in the posts because I was scared of what people would think of me.
Then, there were moments that caused my mental health to drop. As you know, I’m taking Trulicity over the course of three months to manage my diabetes. Long story short, I was stressing out because the pharmacy was taking forever to get my prescription ready. I was scared that I was going to have to wait longer than a week to get it. I think I had two mini panic attacks. Then, Mom reminded me yesterday to not let these things stress me out. It’s amazing how she can’t even hear it in my voice that she knows I’m stressing over the little things. But, I have it, and I’ve taken my pen so I’ll give you all an update on how that has been working out for me.
So, here is what I’ve learn about myself when it comes to my mental health:
• I worry about the things that I CAN’T control
• I don’t worry about the things that I CAN control
• I worry and stress too much which causes unhealthy habits to flare up
• I don’t capture the things that causes these triggers in time
Here is what I need to work on:
• Take time to understand what my anxiety feels like
• Catch my triggers
• Write these things down in a brain dump, mind map, or blog post
• Practice replacing negative thoughts with positive thoughts
If I can rate my mental health over the past few weeks, on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being awesome, 1 being horrible), and I’m being completely honest with myself here, it’s been at a 7. I say a 7 due to the events that took place and the way they made me feel, but thanks to me getting back into working out again, the feeling doesn’t last long, and I’m focusing on other things again. I hope you all enjoyed this morning’s post, tune in next week for another mental health update.
I’ll check in with you all later.
Until next time…