This week is Mental Illness Week and we have been sharing facts and statistics all week to create more education and awareness around mental health. Sharing this information also helps to combat the stigma surrounding mental illness.
The first week of October each year is Mental Illness Awareness Week. While organizations and advocates nationwide use this week to spread awareness around mental illness and fight the stigma, mental health is an issue that should be discussed year-round.
Self-care should be an important part of your daily routine, but you may not even be aware of how much you need it. Everyone requires the ability to take a timeout now and then and focus on themselves, whether it’s to get a mental health boost or feel better physically. When you’re on a tight budget, however, it can be tricky to find ways to practice self-care. You may feel pressured to spend money on a vacation, a gym membership, or a spa day, but the fact is that you don’t need to chase after expensive activities to practice self-care.
If there is one word to describe life in most of my 20’s it would be hopeless. I picked up drugs at 17 and got sober at 26. Those years that I was using I was merely existing in life, my only priority was getting drugs. I’d have all these ideas of my future like getting a college degree, finding a career I love and starting a family but that’s all it was, just ideas.