2018 · Mental health

BLOGMAS: A Mental Health Update

Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve shared a mental health update with you all so I thought now would be a good time to tell you how I’ve been doing, how I’ve been feeling, the symptoms I still experience etc.

I’m very pleased to say that my mental health is in a much better position than it was this time last year and even 6 months ago. Of course, I still have very bad days which I’ll get onto later but overall, especially since I finished CBT back in February, I’ve been in a good place.

Two years ago, I went on my usual holiday to Wales and really struggled with my mental health and I felt rather guilty because I felt like I was ruining the holiday for my family. This year, we went again and I was completely fine.

I was able to fully enjoy the holiday without worrying about how my mental health was going to be and that meant a lot.

However, like I’ve mentioned before, I still have bad days and symptoms that are not nice to deal with which I’m going to run through now.

I still get a tight chest and a painful stomach from time and time which isn’t good. Recently, I had these symptoms really badly and I didn’t know what to do with myself. Thankfully, it didn’t last too long and I was able to get back to normal.

I’ve also felt quite low and tired which again isn’t something I’ve particularly enjoyed. At the time of writing this, I’m actually feeling pretty good but there are certainly days where it’s harder to deal with.

My main reason for worrying has related back to my Mum again which is where the worrying stemmed from before so not much has changed there. I still worry about her a lot but I’ve learnt since CBT to almost think things through so it doesn’t turn into a worry spiral.

Like I’ve said, I’ve definitely got better but there is still room for improvement in terms of my mental health. I just need to take things slowly.

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