Living with a mental illness can be absolutely exhausting.
Even when there are some moments of clarity in what can be an overwhelming fog of listlessness, the symptoms that come with the likes of depression and anxiety cannot be solved overnight.
That’s why when genuinely helpful tips come along, they are simply invaluable for anyone struggling under the weight of mental health issues.
So it’s not surprising that people in the Twittersphere are turning to the viral hashtag #MyTipsForMentalHealth to offer advice for those who are struggling with the debilitating pressures of a mental health condition.
In a bid to condense the tips for those currently struggling, we have gathered the best nuggets of knowledge from the micro-blogging site about the power of self-care as a mental health sufferer.
#mytipsformentalhealth Don't discount your own pain by comparing it to other people who "have it worse." You deserve help too.— Kevin Saito (@Kevin_Saito) September 25, 2017
Negative self-talk is like having a bully living rent free inside your head. Know that you are amazing & priceless.🙌#MyTipsForMentalHealth— 🐱Jessica Royce🐱 (@JessicaRoyce101) September 25, 2017
You are okay.— Z Flu ✨💊 (@Seasonal_Flu) September 25, 2017
You're not alone.
You're not a freak.
You're not broken.
Talk to those you feel safe with. #MyTipsForMentalHealth
The tips range from pragmatic pieces of inspo to simple acts of self-love that can be hard to remember in the deep throes of a mental health issue.
#MyTipsForMentalHealth— Julia Michal Barton (@juliabyrde) September 25, 2017
Make a to-do list of three things and do them. It can just be breathing slower. Give yourself little victories.
1. Find an outlet: songwriting, poetry, cooking, kickboxing, hiking, meditation, journaling etc.. #MyTipsForMentalHealth— ° (@watdoiwant) September 25, 2017
The tweets prove that mental health sufferers are not alone, while acting as a gentle reminder that remembering the basics of self-care can do wonders for us all.
#MyTipsForMentalHealth It's ok if you didn't get anything done today. It's ok to simply survive. You'll make it!— 🎃 Nya 🎃 (@thighsquish) September 25, 2017
And as the #MyTipsForMentalHealth thread shows, the support we need can sometimes be found in the places we least expect.