Markers for good mental health days

When I was writing the post on knowing your triggers, it occurred to me that though I had a checklist for how to overcome bad days or how to know something is triggering me or that I need to make some shift in my daily routine to sleep better, etc. I didn’t have a checklist for good days.

But why do I need such a checklist?

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Know thyself…and thy triggers

Triggers are words, situations, scenes, topics, circumstances, basically anything outside that create a response inside you. The response can be smallish and thus manageable or largish and thus may require some form of tools or professional help to deal with. An example of a tool would be Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help with certain mental health disorders.

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Guilt and me

These past few weeks – months? – guilt, rage and helplessness have become my friends. I didn’t like what it was doing to my mental health – sleeplessness, lethargy, more rage, inability to focus – so I thought of going through my notes to find some sort of message or solace. It’s something I like to do. Every time I have come out of one my spirals, I have made a note of it: what happened, how it affected me, and what helped me get out of it. These notes help when a similar, yet unsimilar, spiral comes. That’s when the title of a note caught my attention: I have a theory on guilt.

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Role of a therapist

When I was new to the process of learning about my mind, I had no idea what to expect from a therapist. I had thought I would go there, talk to her, she would do something and voila all will be well. It took me a while to understand that I needed to take an active role in this journey if I wanted results. Just going to a therapist and ranting at her was not going to help.

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5 things you need to begin your mental health journey

One of the best conversations I had around mental health was with a friend who said to me, mental health, and working towards being okay in life is a choice as much as it is about support from our family and friends. Unless you make that critical choice to help yourself, no one can help you.

But when we talk about helping yourself, we often think about going to a therapist. If you have the means and opportunity, that’s amazing. But if you don’t there are a few things you can do in the meantime.

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