Sometime I think we take our own mental health for granted or we bury everything-- our emotions inside ourselves and that stress from emotional upheaval can manifest in other ways, through over eating and addiction. I only speak of my own experiences. I’ve had a lot of grief the last five years and I didn’t even realize it. There are things in my life that I have not dealt with. I’m a busy Mom and I use that as a way out or an excuse to not deal with anything.
The only thing is that it eats at me and every once in awhile that stress comes out in overeating or getting lost in work, books, projects so I don’t have to deal with it and I think wow, I handle stress really well but in fact I’m burying it and not handling anything really.
The best way that I have found to deal with stress and grief and learn about myself is through a few things. I see a counsellor, just talking about it helps me tremendously, I haven’t been in awhile and I need to book an appointment.
Going for walks and taking pictures is another way for me to relax, stress free!
I journal, I blog, I read, I talk to my husband and I make efforts not to hold my feelings back. If something is wrong I say it. I can’t keep things buried inside anymore. It comes bubbling out when I least expect it to.
I’ve slowly been working through a book called The Beck Diet, it’s about cognitive behaviours. I’ll tell you more as I get into the book more. I’m also learning to meditate, I have a hard time find quiet time to do this but it’s supposed to be a big help with stress. So those are some things to consider doing to help you mentally.
So the gist of what I’m saying is that to make and keep our progress we have to digging to do. To be healthy in body, we have to be healthy in mind.