"Everyone with a mental health condition has different needs."
Everyone with a mental health condition has different needs. For some people, meds work for them, and that's really all that they need. They might go to therapy for maybe six months and then not need it anymore. There are other people who need a constant combination of both.
I have medication, so I see a psychiatrist. I have attended therapy; I have a therapist. I also exercise. I try to find something physical that feels good for me and that helps me. So, I dance, I do yoga, I hula-hoop. I also paint, I do art journaling, some kind of creative practice that helps me stay grounded especially during an episode where I might be feeling a little too hypomanic or maybe I’m starting to dip down a little bit into a depression, and I need an anchor. A creative practice really helps me with that.
And then I also have community. I think community is really important. I really enjoy talking to other people who live with mental health conditions. I find it's empowering. It's uplifting. It's supportive not just for me, but also for others. I also tap into advocacy within the mental health community because being able to help other people really does help me.
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