The choice of how to deal with your mental health issues is extremely personal and varied. What works for one person may not work for another. Unfortunately, taking care of your mental health isn't a topic that's often discussed. But, people are taking action to change that on Twitter right now. While you may have started to associate Twitter as the land of Trump, some things that come out of the social media site are incredibly beneficial. Take the trending hashtag #MyTipsForMentalHealth for instance. Filled with users sharing empowering messages to those struggling with mental health issues, as well as explaining how they cope, it's an inspiring display of love and support.
Even more importantly, #MyTipsForMentalHealth creates a way for people to candidly discuss mental health, something that is not done nearly enough. Since you can't see mental health, so many still find ways to wrongly dismiss its existence. Mental health may still face an incredible stigma but the fact that these users took the time to show that you are never alone in your fight could have a life-changing effect.
Movements, such as this hashtag, can also be instrumental in helping people determine that their struggles are something more and thus identify ways to seek treatment. So often, people deal with mental health issues for too long a time without even realizing what's happening. It took me 20 years of panic attacks and anxiety to discover that I have a panic disorder. For years I tore myself apart at how weak I was being in a given situation, hating how I let things get to me. At the worst, I genuinely thought I was going to die while facing a panic attack, having no way to define what it was that I was experiencing.
It's been almost a year to the day since I learned what I was dealing with and went on medication. The person I was then would barely recognize the person I am now, but that doesn't mean every day is a walk in the park. Instead it means I've learned what coping mechanisms are most effective for me and, when my panic disorder acts up, I have the knowledge that I can survive it.
I still have days where I can feel each piece of negativity right on the edge of my consciousness, and I do everything I can to fight back against it. Luckily resources and conversations around mental health are becoming increasingly common, just as we see through #MyTipsForMentalHealth. "Prioritizing your own mental health is finally starting to come out of the closet as a way to experience greater success, more friendships, stronger relationships and promote vitality," Dorian Crawford, PsyD tells Bustle. "When we understand what is going on inside, we can make choices and changes that will be noticeable on the outside. If we do not take care of ourselves, we cannot expect to be strong for others when they need us."
If you are struggling with your mental health or want to learn how to better be there for those that are, the best step to take is educating yourself on the various ways to help the situation. Read on for the most inspiring #MyTipsForMentalHealth tweets for advice to on how to work towards better mental health.