Dear, guys – welcome back to Letters From Liz!
With the holiday season being one of the busiest times of years, it’s quite common to forget to check-in with yourself and see how you’re doing. Personally, for me, my life has been a constant non-stop, and it’s sometimes hard to set some time to prioritize myself and see if I’m doing okay and taking everything in.
Yesterday, I went to therapy for the first time in what felt like weeks. To rescheduling my appointments due to conflicts and working more hours than usual at my job, it felt like it was a while since I had an hour to just check-in with myself and talk about the things that have been happening around me.
It felt good to come back after long weeks of busyness because it felt like I finally got the monthly mental health check-in I needed. Life is going well; I feel like I’m becoming a lot more confident with myself by being myself, and therapy has made me realize that I could be myself and practice my social abilities without judgment within the work environment I have.
Also, my check-in with therapy has made me gain a plan of things I want to work on as time goes on.
So, how have you’ve been this month? Have you been taking care of yourself through the holiday season? Are you taking time out for yourself while you studied for finals this semester? How are you getting through some of the hardships this time of year bring? Have you had the time to reflect on the things that are happening to you, your surroundings, maybe even some of the things your soul has been saying to you?
It’s so important to check-in on yourself, and being as busy as we all are, we all tend to put our mental health in the box of “secondary things to do” in our minds. Even if you don’t have the privilege to dedicate an hour out of your week to reflect and check-in with yourself with your therapist, you should definitely take some time out of your week to talk things out and check-in with yourself. Write in a journal, communicate with someone you care about, do something that takes care of you; anything that promotes self-care, self-awareness, and self-reflection.
So here’s my monthly mental health update.
- I’m so beyond happy to now have a community of people I get to see the majority of the week and be unapologetically myself.
- My job and the fears I’ve faced doing so has made me ready and have the want & desire to socialize more… even though I’m still deathly anxious to do so.
- I’m learning to now be more assertive with my familial relationships now that I’m now comfortable being assertive to non-familial ones.
- My awareness of demiromanticism has made me more comfortable talking to people and like them without feeling any shame that I do as long as there are boundaries.
- With my mental health more intact now, I am ready to move forward taking care of my physical health.
- Happiness isn’t a goal, but a feeling, and I know that I will have bad days; they just will not be permanent.
So let me ask you guys one more time: how have you been?