In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, one of our founders shares her mental health journey. Thank you for sharing!
My mental health journey didn't start until after I graduated from college and entered the workforce. My job didn't have a good work environment and my mental health started to deteriorate. I was angry all the time, sometimes so much that I felt like I was going to explode. It was getting so bad that it started to affect me at work. I decided to take action and go see a therapist. It changed my life. I was able to understand what I was feeling and why and found out how to let go of some things that were weighing me down.
Now that I have a family and a start up, I realize even more how important it is to maintain your mental health. Before I was so focused on everyone else that I felt like I was losing myself. I saw a therapist for a little while which helped me refocus on myself. Now that I moved back South I am looking for a new therapist. In the mean time I meditate, journal, do breathing exercises, use CBD and mindfulness, and do yoga to keep myself grounded. Now I just realize how important self-care is to keep my sanity and to be there for my family.
One thing I came to realize is that maintaining one's mental health is a continous process. I used to think that if I went to talk to someone a few times, that the issue I was addressing would be resolved quickly. It has to be kept up and addressed on a regular basis. I am not nearly where I want to be regarding my routine or mental health journey, but I feel like now I have a better idea of what works for me.