How I cope with my mental health

I wanted to share with you guys how I’ve been spending some of my personal time and how I personally manage my mental health. There’s been plenty of times in my life where I’ve struggled with depression and anxiety, to the point where I haven’t wanted to get out of bed. This was particularly bad after I’ve given birth to Stevie (nothing new here, I know so many women who have struggled). I look back at those days and I coped (obviously), but just enough to keep my head above water. And that was it. The basics got done and not a lot more.

These days life is lot different.

About 6 months ago I saw a bio doctor and I had a range of tests done. She prescribed me a supplementation primer for under methylation, and she also suggested I start taking evening primrose oil and SAM-e. She did advise that it would take some time for my mood to improve and stabilise, and she was right. But wow … fast forward to now and I feel really good. I’m calmer; my thought process is clearer; I can concentrate so much better, but to top it all off, I am coping pretty damn well.

Before there was no real motivation to do much. These days however I structure my days well. Stevie and I have breakfast together in the morning; I get her ready for kindy and drop her off; I then come home and work on the business, and at the end of the day I take a good hour or more to exercise. Most of the time it’s outdoors hiking locally and I absolutely love it. The structure, routine, fresh air and activity, I believe makes me a better mum and friend and I am finding life far more enjoyable.

Anyways! Yesterday I hiked to Wickham Peak (about 10 mins from where I live) and then I trekked Calytrix Circuit. It’s a fairly easy bushwalk with a bit of climbing involved. I took my camera with me as I wanted to take some extra time and stop and photograph whatever interested me. I thought I’d share some of these with you.

That all said, how do you cope with life? I’d be so interested to hear your thoughts and tips and tricks you may have. 🙂

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