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5 Changes That Have Strengthened My Mental Health

I have come to realize that mental health isn't just a one time fix, but that you have to work on it and strengthen it as time goes on. The things that once triggered my anxiety, may no longer trigger it now - but there are always new scenerios and events that end up triggering it in the same way, which I have come to terms that this is OK.


I have enjoyed this part of my journey the most - trying to figure out different ways to calm myself, give myself love, and be at peace with my mental health.

The different things I have tried to strengthen my mental health have all been so rewarding, read below to see:



Birth Control

this ones for my girls all around the world! It took me 5+ years to come to the realization that the birth control pill was not for me. For those years, I had no idea that the pill could be a part of my anxiety. After doing plenty of research, doctors appointments, and trying different kinds of pills - I couldn't find anything that would agree with my body. It was either anxiety, depression, and panic attacks, or stomach pains, nausea, and migranes. I got so sick of feeling like there were no other options and that I was stuck with these feelings and symptoms, that I googled "birth control options" and "how to fight the symptoms of the pill" , and finally came up with what I now LIVE FOR - Natural Cycles

a hormone free birth control that measures your temperature each morning and tracks it in the app.... I won't give away too much, but click on the link and read for yourself!

I have been using natural cycles for 3 months now and can tell a significant difference. The anxiety is no longer an every day feeling and the PMS symptoms are only around that "time of the month" instead of all month long. Now I’m not saying that I am magically cured of all symptoms and anxiety, I still have those days - but at least now, I can know for sure that the emotions I have are purely mine and not from added chemicals in my body.


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Naturopath


Naturopathic doctors (NDs) treat patients as individuals by addressing the physical, environmental, lifestyle, attitudinal, and emotional aspects of health. This allows naturopathic doctors to find and treat the cause of the disease using a variety of therapies.


If you've never been to a naturopath, I highly suggest it! In my personal experience, I never had much luck with doctors. I would always leave the appointment feeling like they had just given me the first thing that came to mind to get me out of the door even faster than I walked in. When I made my first naturopath appointment with my now favourite human ever!!! we sat there and talked about every.single.aspect of my life, from my sex life to my bowel movements (sorry, TMI), it felt like they really wanted to get to the bottom of all my problems. And they did just that! Not only have I had several of my issues fixed, but I always come out of the appointments more knowledgable of my own body and that's because they take the time to understand you and your needs.



Psychic


I never knew I needed a psychic in my life - until I got a psychic in my life. I always wanted to try a medium/psychic but I didn't realize how much it would actually impact my mental health. I have had such great experiences with my psychic that I just keep going back for more.

I am known to always have a plan, and always need to know what is in the near future. Even though I don't get exactly what is going to happen out of my psychic sessions, it at least gives me piece of mind that certain things may be coming my way. I even feel like I get some therapy out of the sessions as my Psychic gives me so much insight on who I am as a person and how I can continue to grow into the woman I want to be.

Anyone that wants to try a Psychic, I highly recommend The Silver Lining Healer , check out the website for more info! https://www.thesilverlininghealer.com/



Energy Healing


This one is something that is still brand new to me. I had a family friend post a request for people to try energy healing on, so of course I was all about it! With how things are in the world these days, the session was actually pre recorded and then sent to me for my viewing afterwards. It started out with them explaining what kind of energy they were receiving from me, and at that time - it was very accurate. I've been in a bit of a rut lately and this energy healing showed signs of sadness and grieving, which in the moment - I felt just that. I actually immediately cried when hearing those words come from my session, and they continued on with explaining that it is OK to accept those feelings. It was almost like a half an hour of guided meditation but more personalized, one thing that I really took away from this Energy Healing was in order to get these emotions and feelings out of my body, I need to accept them - we named the emotion (example, SAD), and then just allowed that emotion to be there - with no guilt, and nowhere to hide...


I often find myself pushing emotions away when I start to feel them, even when I am happy - sometimes I think "well if I am too happy, something is bound to go wrong and mess it all up". But this energy healing really taught me how to be one with my emotions and just let them come to the surface. It is not easy being vulnerable, but after my fair share of practice, it has become more of a reward rather than a loss.




Meditation


I took me a while to believe in the benefits of meditation, but once I started seeing the changes for myself, I couldn't (and still can't) get enough. I started off with this Netflix series called "Headspace - Guide to Meditation", and it really has changed my whole perspective on how to meditate. Each episode explains ways to handle different mental health emotions, from dealing with stress, anxiety, pain and anger, there are even ones on how to fall in love with life and how to be kind. At the end of each episode, there is a 10 minute guided meditation which I have found very beneficial. I have learnt so much from this series that I am now meditating on my own, and even in the middle of the day sometimes!


Meditation is a practice where an individual uses a technique – such as mindfulness, or focusing the mind on a particular object, thought, or activity – to train attention and awareness, and achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm and stable state.


What I have learnt from meditation is that our minds and bodies need "me time", even if its only for 5,10 minutes a day. Our minds are racing every minute of every day and it really just needs a break too. I often do my meditation right before bed, which I have found makes me fall asleep easier, and sometimes even wake up in the morning with a clear head - who knew that was even possible?!

If you are ever feeling like you need a change or a pick me up, try some of these changes or finding your own ways to improve your mental health!