Well, 2020. Enough said.
I don't think any of us expected this year to be so turbulent and wild but if you've made it this far, you're literally a Rockstar.
We've all been thrown into the deep end with uncomfortable situations. For me? It was taking my final year university exams in the comfort of my own home, on my own laptop, in my dressing gown, with access to the toilet whenever I liked. The entire situation was alien, It wasn't comfortable and answering the questions felt like I was taking a survey for a website that asked for feedback.
Although it was very difficult, I pushed on and fought for every ounce of the 1st class degree I received. Showing that great things can come out of pressured situations. Like a diamond is created under pressure, some achievements come out of the most difficult situations.
But, needless to say, that was the most difficult time of my life. Its not normal to be locked inside for so long, only being allowed out once a day. Some people's mental health may have taken a bad hit during this time due to lack of freedom, a reduction in the activities they do daily to keep themselves sane, or even because people lived alone during this difficult time and missed the human interaction or touch that any normal person desires.
At times like these, its hard to remember that you really need to take care of YOU. Whether that's ordering in a pizza more often than before, watching Dirty Dancing on repeat, or lighting your No. 1: Lucid Dreams candle as you get in bed to read, when your mental health takes a hit, you are in charge of looking after you. If you wouldn't let your phone battery get to 1%, why would you let yourself get to 1%.
A few years ago, my mental health was at the tipping point. I'm not afraid to talk about it, because what I went through and how I grew stronger, made me what I am today. The process of getting back to feeling your best self is dating yourself, learning about yourself, talking to a professional (if you can), and just being patient.
If you've made it this far, you've survived 100% of your worst days, so really, that deserves some appreciation, not just from others, but from you too.
So keep that chin up high, take a deep breath and listen to YOU and YOUR body, because you'll always have yourself, and you'll always be kindest to yourself.
Thanks for reading,