Atlanta — Mental health and wellness is a significant issue that is not only affecting the youth but everyone else in between. Oftentimes, people neglect their mental health and tend to focus on other aspects of their life such as work, school or relationships. Although these things play a huge role in people’s lives, it is important to remember to take time for yourself.
Sometimes individuals may feel tired, overwhelmed, and overstimulated, but there are things you can do to take charge and not let depression take over you. Mental wellness is about prevention, coping with what is being thrown at you, and standing up when facing all your emotions, stress, worry, loneliness, anger and sadness.
When I get into a depression, there are many things I do for myself. I dissociate, turn off my phone and go for a walk or work out at the gym with my music loud in headphones. Meditation and journaling are my two best friends! Sitting and writing down all my thoughts and feelings, and reading what I’m feeling helps get the weight off my chest. Going outside and finding new hobbies too, instead of staying inside, I tend to spend my free time thrifting and surfing through records at vinyl stores.
Immersing yourself in some of your favorite activities will help gradually move you into a better mental state. Amid all the chaos and excitement that life may bring, allotting time for self care and reflection is imperative.
Miracle Trice, (she/her) is from Portland but is an Atlanta-based journalist who covers all aspects of entertainment and culture. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @miracletb_
Edited by Nykeya Woods