If there's one thing I learnt about my mental health journey and recovery, is that there is no perfect medication, no perfect hospital system, and no perfect support network. Over the years I have tried a lot of medications, trialled different support networks - whether that's in art, or changing the treatment team. I learnt through all these constant changes that it doesn't help to be perfect, but more importantly, being brave in all these situations.
The Covid-19 has affected me in a way that I have become anxious daily - I have started to feel 'the panic' and here I remind myself there is no 'perfect' emotion for these sort of events too. I like and tend to ride my anxiety emotions - I went to the psychologist yesterday and told that I was anxious, and the psychologist helped me identify ways to minimise these anxiety emotions. I think it's completely normal to feel anxious about this virus though, but if it gets too much, it's good to step back, and re-assess on how it's affecting you and your activities of daily living.
I want to also remind everyone that during these times, it's also important to be kind and gentle to yourselves. There's a lot of things one can do at home, whether that's doing art (painting), listening to music, putting on a face mask, dance like no one is watching, and cook delicious and healthy meals.
I think it takes a lot of bravery for me to share my journey and story to you all - where I'm at now. My journey hasn't been steady, but I hope it will somehow help you.
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