Journaling at the beach I'm currently doing an intensive journaling project that helps you work through grief and one of my goals is to do my journaling someplace outside of my house that makes me happy at least once a week.
There are so many ways to help your mental health when you're struggling(even when you aren't).
Talk therapy, being in nature, journaling, listening to music, doing your favorite hobbies, exercise, meditation, being with friends, being alone, spending time with your pets and yes, even medication. I consistently use nature, my pets, alone time, music, talk therapy and medication to help my mental health. I'm currently working on the root of my severe social anxiety(and anxiety in general) with my counselor and it's opening some deep wounds from my past and childhood that I've locked away and it is NOT easy. It's painful, it's difficult.. but I know it is worth it.
It doesn't matter if you've been through more than any single person should have to go through in a lifetime or if you have had a relatively simple or "normal" life, mental illness isn't picky. Never be afraid to reach out, never be afraid to admit that you are suffering, never be afraid to get help, whether it's medication or therapy or anything else. It doesn't make you weak it actually proves just how strong you are because it's so much easier to just pretend like nothing's wrong and shove it deep inside. It takes a lot to actually say the words "I need help" and to talk about what goes on in your head. If you're already getting help, if you're trying to better yourself, I'm proud of you. If you are struggling, if you want to get help but are too afraid, I believe in you and hope you find the strength you need.
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