May is mental health month. I love that we, as a society, are becoming more focused on our mental well being. For decades, acknowledging any mental health struggles was considered taboo. Public struggles with your mental health could ruin careers and livelihoods. People would hide these battles and avoid getting the help they needed to overcome and, ultimately thrive.
I have been open with my own struggles to overcome anxiety. I decided not to put on a "happy face" and let my fans know that they are not alone with their problems. We've seen more and more public figures doing this and I love that all the focus on ways to improve mental health are making us a much healthier society. Avoiding this for decades has not worked. Now, we are openly confronting our issues, sharing our strategies and becoming better for it.
If you don't know my story, I struggle with General Anxiety Disorder all my life. I remember being a child and always feeling a sense of danger. This continued in my teens, as I struggle with acknowledging being gay. Even after coming out and being loved and accepted by friends and family, my anxiety continued into my twenties and thirties. It was only then that I said "enough!"
I got the help that I needed with therapy and medication. I added meditation and practicing gratitude, which made a huge difference in the quality of my life! Now, I also focus on eating as healthy as possible and exercising regularly. All of these tools have made my life a joy to live. No longer do I lose sleep for no reason. I no longer avoid my feelings. I acknowledge them, realize they are temporary and allow myself to move on from them. This gives me the space to appreciate all my emotions, however fleeting they may be, including joy and happiness. I focus on the present, let go of the past and know that I can't control the future. I can only be here now and be grateful for all that I have.
I hope you find the tools and resources you need for your own well being. I want you to be your best self and live the life that you are meant to live. One where you thrive and enjoy every moment because that is your birthright!!
Leave a comment to let me and others know what you are doing to deal with any mental health issues you are facing. I want to hear from you!