This week marks the one year anniversary of my caffeine-free life. I used to be a big coffee drinker and usually consumed up to five cups a day. But after I suspected that it was affecting my health in a negative way, I decided to try and live without coffee for a month. Just one month. Just to see if and how it would affect me. We’re one year later now, and I still haven’t had one sip of coffee since then. That must mean quitting coffee has caused some good things to happen, right?
I’ve been in therapy for almost a year now, and it’s been helping me improve and become a happier person in so many ways. I’m happy I set my fears of being judged aside and took the step last year, and I think everyone should try therapy at some point in their life.
Around 25% of adults suffer from a mental illness. I want to raise awareness about this issue, and help people understand the different aspects of living with a mental disorder a bit better. That’s why I’m launching a series of guest posts called Mental Health Mondays, where I give other people the opportunity to share their experiences with mental disorders. This week, Victoria from Bipolar And Me shares how bipolar disorder affects different aspects of her life.
Self-care is something I value a lot in my life, and something I try to practice on a daily basis. On some days my only self-care activities are meditating or filling in a journal, but during winter I always like to take some extra measures. The darkness and cold temperatures outside make self-care only more necessary to stay positive, and thanks to all the holidays, there’s some more time for my favorite self-care activities.
You know what’s worse than struggling with anxiety? The ignorant advice people give you. Some of these people, or probably even most of them, mean it well. They just want to help. But the advice they give is often either patronizing, harmful, useless, or a combination of those.