Thank you for taking the time to read my very first blog post. I have written and rewritten this post what seems like a thousand times, so please bear with me if it’s a little rough.
Over the past month and a half, I have struggled. I’m not afraid to admit that I needed help. I struggled with body image, anxiety, and eating habits. My body image has never been the best, but being stuck inside surrounded by food definitely hasn’t helped. Each week I am so grateful to get to video chat with my therapist and vent about what I am struggling with. She has truly helped me embrace who I am and to be unapologetic for it.
I wanted to write this post to show that it’s okay while living in quarantine, you have struggled with your mental health. You are not alone. I want you to know that whatever you are feeling is 100% valid, and that you do not need to be apologetic for taking up space. You are not any less of a person if you gain or lose weight during these times. All of our bodies deal with trauma and stress differently, and that is okay. I personally have gained a couple of pounds, and I can’t fit into my once favorite jeans. Yes, I was super upset because I couldn’t even zip them up! But, on the other hand I had to keep reassuring myself by saying it’s okay. In the wise words of the Bird’s Papaya, aka Sarah Nicole Landry, “If what you come out of this pandemic with is a few extra pounds on your body, I hope you remember... that makes us the lucky ones.” This quote really hit me, because of all of the other messaging I’ve seen over the past weeks. I have seen things like “get your ass up and workout”, “A pandemic isn’t an excuse to gain weight”, “If you don’t come out of this time with a new skill, you’re lazy”, and the list goes on and on. All of this mumbo jumbo is so toxic to personally my mental health, and I can’t imagine it being good for others.
Here are some of my personal ways that have helped me stay *somewhat* sane through this insane time:
1. Unfollow anyone on social media that makes you feel any less of a person
2. Try to journal about your feelings
3. Read (magazines, self-help, classics, cooking books*my personal fave)
4. Try to get some fresh air once a day
5. Curate your social media feed to people that make you feel empowered
Thank you again for taking the time to read my very first writing on this little space of mine on the internet. I can’t wait to share more things from my personal mental health journey, to eco-living to recipes and more. Stay tuned.
PS: If you are struggling with your mental health, please don't be afraid to call 1-800-273-8255. We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.
PPS: If you're want the shirt that I wore in the pictures above, check those out here: https://stephaniechinnart.storenvy.com/products/28715536-body-magic-pink-t-shirt
This tee is from one of my favorite artists, Stephanie Chinn aka @stephaniechinnart on Instagram!