Happy May my loves! May is Mental Health Awareness Month and the main theme this year is “You are not alone.”
As I talked about in my Anxiety Workbook: Breathe, I grew up feeling like I was just weird. I didn’t know social anxiety was a thing and even after I accepted that I had social anxiety, I still felt weird, because who is going to want to be friends with someone who has so much trouble being social? My social battery takes so long to recharge that I often feel like no matter how hard I’m trying I will inevitably fail.
It’s one of the main reasons I created my Facebook group. I wanted to build a community and a support system that embraced that difference within me and with others. It’s such a beautiful place and I sincerely hope that it’s been a place that helps others feel less alone.
In honor of Mental Health Awareness Month, I made this little challenge.
Day One: Pick one of these things to do each day.
But really you can pick anything to do daily that’s good for your mental health. I’m trying to journal every day this month.
Day Two: Make a to-do list and add little things that you do every day. It’s so important that you see that even on bad days you’re doing such a great job.
Day Three: Research a new DBT/CBT/ACT coping skill. These types of therapies provide so many awesome coping skills. My favorite is DBT and learning about self-soothing has been one of my favorite things.
Day Four: Intentionally make the time to pamper yourself. Even if it’s something as small as taking a few extra minutes to massage your scalp while you’re washing your hair, it counts!
Day Five: Put some extra time and love into your relationships. Put away distractions and really connect with your favorite person (or people!).
Day Six: Choose an affirmation to repeat to yourself throughout the day.
(You are an awesome human being!)
Day Seven: Plan a date night (or morning/afternoon) for yourself that’s all about self-care. Plan a movie night, make yourself a cup of tea and spend some time reading, have a picnic in the spring sunshine, whatever feels good to you!
Day Eight: Focus on your morning and evening self-care routines. How can you start/end your days on a better note?
Day Nine: Clean up your online spaces. Unfollow, mute, block, or unfriend anything that has a negative impact on your mental health.
Day Ten: Have a rest day and rest physically and mentally. Give yourself a break!
Day Eleven: Make a list of all the things you’re grateful for.
Day Twelve: Write down what you most enjoyed or what was most helpful to you in this mental health challenge.