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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Taking Time Out..

Mental health is something very important to me and to many others too. For those who know me or have read my post on Mental Health Awareness before will know that I suffer from anxiety and went through depression a few years ago. Since the beginning of this year I have been dealing with a lot of personal issues going on in my life and my anxiety has been tested several times. 

Anxiety is and has been a daily struggle for me for as long as I can remember and it's only now where I feel like I am slowly taking control of it. Don't get me wrong.. I've come a very long way in general and I know within myself that it's becoming easier to deal with it. 

I'm sure you must be wondering, where is this going exactly? What is the point of sharing all this? Well.. we're getting to that bit. 

Almost 3 weeks ago I took time off work for 3 days because my anxiety had reached an all time high. The only time I ever felt my anxiety get that bad was when I was in my third year of university so this was a shock for me. Of course like anyone else, you have trigger points and when you constantly put on a brave face and carry on like things are normal, the smallest thing can trigger you to break down point. This is exactly what happened. 

I am extremely fortunate that I have a manager and team that have been so supportive of me at this difficult time, it's always helpful having those who understand. I discovered a lot within those 3 days about what needed to change in order for me to get better and I now appreciate how important that time off was. 

We can get so consumed with life sometimes that we forget about our mental health. Taking on other people's issues has been my biggest issue, especially recently and it got to a point where I neglected my own issues. The biggest thing I learnt within just those 3 days was that it is crucial to take time out from everything. Regather yourself, go to a place that's quiet, meditate, read a book, listen to music.. anything to just bring yourself back to life! 

I used to do yoga quite a lot at one point and it helped with anxiety so much. I'd like to get back into it however I still meditate from time to time and read books that allow me to escape from reality. Simply find what brings you peace and be selfish with your time. You come first and that's okay.  

I would love to get really deep into all of this because there is so much I'd love to share but I'll save that for my upcoming YouTube channel.. it's coming I swear! Lol. I just wanted to write a brief post about an experience I'm still going through and how I'm over coming it all. I'll do updates here and there just so you know how I'm getting on. I guess this is also an outward journal in the hopes that this reaches someone who needs it the most.

"You owe yourself the love you so freely give to others"

Love Sham x

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