Mental Health: Let’s Get Through It Together

Mental Health Awareness Month

Wow, is it May already? Boy 2023 is flying by. Are you as surprised as I am on how quickly the year is going by? Not sure if it is the speed for which the year is going or it is because I’m getting closer to another birthday but I am in a funk. I guess it is only fitting that I realize my mood during the month of May, which is Mental Health Awareness month. 

What does Mental Health Awareness month even mean? According to Mental Health America, this month is an opportunity for us to challenge ourselves to examine our world and how it can impact our overall health. Then taking this information to make changes to improve and maintain our mental well-being.

So, What’s Going On?

With the spirit of Mental Health Awareness month, I took this time to self-analyze. Why do you ask? Well, I noticed I was pretty apathetic towards things I really enjoyed. 

First, I was struggling to write for the blog. I love my blog and enjoy writing for all of you and for myself, but I am finding it hard to get motivated. 

Second, I am not enjoying the Peloton which is hard for me to admit. I wasn’t doing my workouts at the volume I used to. This was a real red flag for me, so I knew something is off. 

Third, I am feeling more fatigued than usual even with a good night’s rest. 

Finally, Seattle’s weather has been beautiful and I haven’t been enjoying it like I normally would. For example, going for walks or paddle boarding . Instead I am staying inside on the couch and watching TV.

I’ve asked myself, am I depressed? Thankfully, I am not depressed. I know this because I am not sad, don’t feel angry or irritable, I am sleeping well and I don’t have any of the core symptoms of depression. Also, I don’t feel like I need intervention and I don’t feel helpless. I’m just in a funk and I feel like I’m getting through it day by day. 

Let’s Snap Out of It!
  1. I’m not rushing to “get over it”. Just take each day as they come, which means keeping my routine and doing my best to stick to it. But if I deviate from my routine like missing my workout or not eating my meals I prepared, then I give myself grace, look at what I did accomplish then remind myself tomorrow is a new day. 
  2. Create a “happy list” for the day. This helps me to remember all the things that bring me joy. Usually after I complete my “happy list” I’m smiling.
  3. Spending time doing my daily prayers, journaling and meditation. These activities help me to deep dive into why I’m feeling the way I am feeling. Although I can’t pinpoint how I got into this funk or why I’m feel apathetic, it helps me to work through it and seek help in my own way. 
  4. Staying in my routine as much as I can. Routine gives me control. Being in a funk makes me feel out of control because I can’t just “snap out of it”. So staying with my routine gives me that control and helps me to feel accomplished each day.
Conclusion

Before I head off to enjoy the rest of the weekend, I wanted to wrap it up by saying, Mental Health is not visible and can be in various forms like grief, which I shared in a blog post HERE. Or a funk, like I’m experiencing now. Either way, we are not alone. Everyone has their own Mental Health journey. So if you are examining your own Mental Health this month, please share your experience below. I’d love to hear from you and I know many others would too.

Until next time, have a joy filled day and please take care!

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