Right now, I am not ashamed to admit that my mental health is a little on the downside, being in the muddy midst of deadlines and final projects and essays being due, I don’t feel as though I’m thriving at all. Uni work is draining me right now and it’s consuming me, consuming all my time and energy. Sometimes I don’t feel as though I am a person, and sometimes, I don’t want to be.
But in this, to keep myself from being overwhelmed, there are little things I try to do to keep me away from this state of mind, even if it’s just as simple as turning away from my work for a bit and watching something I enjoy. Getting out of the house is another, we’re enjoying a few sunny days here in Manchester, and the sun is the only thing that perks me up and gets me out of my funk. When the days are warmer and brighter, I feel warmer and brighter. I do suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), so the few rare days of sunshine we get over here really do put me in a better mood and inspire me to do something, albeit creative or physical. Knowing what gets you out of your funk is a great start to feeling like you’re thriving.