The first Monday of every month will be dedicated to mental health because mental and sexual health go hand in hand.
Depression is a bitch.
Seriously, it takes such a huge toll on your life. You spend days, weeks, months, years in this dark mindset that you can’t seem to fight. It’s taken many lives. It’s caused many divorces. Sometimes it even causes bad familial relationships. It’s so isolating. You push everyone away because you feel like they don’t understand and even though there are people out there that feel the same way you do, you still feel so alone.
Since I switched my medication back in October, I have never felt better mentally. My old medication was good but the sexual side-effects were terrible. I can say, after being on the new medication for two months, that not only is my mental health in a great place, so is my sexual health and I love it. It’s great to have that part of me back.
I have some new year’s resolutions, sure we all do, but I also have some New Year’s Priorities. Things that I am committing to. Things that cannot be given up on at all. Things that I will stick to even if I’ve ditched my resolutions, as so many of us do.
My Top 3 New Year’s Priorities
1. Journaling & Mental Health Planner
One priority of mine is to stay on top of journaling. I’d like to do it every single day, but I know life will get in the way sometimes but I’m going to try harder and something I know will help me is keeping my mental health planner. I have been tracking the days I’ve been journaling and it helps to keep me motivated when I can see each day with a little pink star. But also in my planner I’m adding at least one positive quote or thought per day.
2. Physical Health
N and I did very well for about two months last year working out and eating right and we both felt great mentally and physically. But then we started to slip as we made great friends that wanted to feed us good food and from there it just snowballed back into old habits. Then the holidays came. Do you know how hard it is to start eating healthy during November and December? So I figured what the hell, load up on carbs and sweets for the final two months (more so in December, I had far too many cookies) and then hit it hard in the beginning of the new year.
Everyone makes these resolutions, I am aware of that. I’m also aware that we made these resolutions last year and we stuck to them for two months. Today is our fresh start. Only whole foods from here on out and we will be starting power yoga tonight. A strong body makes a strong mind and I know how important exercise is for mental health. I’m not looking to loose anymore weight. There wouldn’t be anything left of me if I did. I just want to make my body strong so I’ll be focusing mostly on weight training with some cardio.
3. Cleaning House
This year a top priority of ours is to clean out our disastrous basement and garage. I want this whole house completely organized by next January including getting rid of EVERYTHING we haven’t touched in months. It’s not like we are hoarders but we do just have a lot of stuff that would be better off in the trash or donated to someone who would actually use it. I think this type of purging of our things and organizing the areas full of boxes will help us both mentally. There won’t be so much stuff or areas where we feel stressed because we know we need to get rid of the boxes but don’t have the time. This year we will make the time.
I’m excited for what this year is going to bring for my mental health. This is going to be the best year of my life. I can feel it.
Do you have top priorities that you’re focusing on this year?