May is Mental Health Awareness month.
I made a note of this months and months ago, because I thought it would be the perfect time to talk more openly about my anxiety disorder as part of my own effort to fight stigma and raise awareness. I had this whole plan to write about everything from being diagnosed to hiding my medicine and lying about what it was, to using yoga to cope without medication, to learning to talk more openly about it and encouraging others to do the same.
Then, (ironically) I spent the majority of yesterday like this:
I haven’t had a really significant meltdown in a while, so I was probably due for one. The stress of finals really just got to me all of a sudden. I think it’s the fact that this is my last time, so if for some reason I have a bad semester, there’s no making up for it later. Once again, it made me thankful that I have John in my life and that he is a) so understanding, b) has learned how to handle me when I get like that, and c) knows exactly what to do and what I need.
Anyway, that’s not really important, you’re not here to read about my neurotic, over-achiever tendencies. The point is, I still want to write that post, and I still want to share it this month, but it’s not ready today. So in the meantime, please check out the Bring Change 2 Mind website, and sign the pledge to help end stigma.
And, if you’d like to do something to help improve your own mental health this month, my blend Jan is hosting a meditation challenge.
It’s just 5 minutes a day (more if you’d like), however and whenever you can! I know Jan uses the Chopra app. I’m trying out the Omvana app and using some of the meditations on yogaglo.
Not convinced you should give meditation a try? This infographic summarizes some of the science (click to expand), but I’d encourage you to do your own research too (since I didn’t have enough time to be thorough for this post #bloggerfail).
P.S. I have a pile of emails and comments waiting for me, responses are coming your way soon! <3
Questions: Are you comfortable talking about mental health? Will you take the pledge to end stigma? Have you tried meditation? (and are you joining Jan’s challenge??)