*Everything you need to know about participating in the Mental Health Monday link-up.*
I’m an English major, I own a blog, you can pretty much always find me immersed in a book. Needless to say, writing is my passion. It’s what makes me, me. Whether I’m experiencing the highest of highs or I’m going through a rough patch in my life, writing has always been there for me.
When I truly committed to my recovery, the strongest outlet I had was writing. Journals upon journals line the shelves of my childhood bedroom. Some entries I’ll cringe rereading, but with each passage, I found myself processing what recovery meant to me. I wrote out horrid, illogical thoughts, until I realized they had no power over me. I wrote out the victories of my recovery, soon acknowledging the importance of positivity and optimism in recovery.
I transitioned into a journal via social media, and I created an Instagram account, chronicling my entire recovery. Bearing my recovery in front of others, having a community to witness my struggle and my progress, I became aware of just how important writing is to me. It always will be daily habit of mine, and I would not be as far along in my recovery without the ability of journalling as a coping mechanism.
In addition to my own personal writing, I found that reading other people’s words of strength helped my recovery immensely. Watching people thrive and grow inter own challenges reinforced what I desired for myself: complete, indisputable recovery. Bloggers inspired me to the point where I am today, and for that, I’m grateful.
Knowing full well how much the writing of others has impacted me in the best way, I now want to continue to spread that help to others. That is where Mental Health Monday comes in to play!
Mental Health Monday
Every Monday, bloggers from around the globe come together to spread a bit of what I like to call “emotional positivity.” Write about anything that you think will help improve mental health. When plagued down by clouded thoughts, depression, anxiety, and self-loathing, we are unable to experience all of life’s beauty to the fullest extent. Mental health is integral to the value of one’s life experience, and I’d argue that is equal to physical health in terms of well-being.
By taking care of our mental health, every aspect of our life can see improvements, therefore I see validity in promoting the success of mental health on a weekly basis.
My blog centers around my eating disorder recovery, but please do not feel limited to that topic! Mental health covers a variety of issues, including (but not limited to):
- eating disorder recovery (anorexia, orthorexia, BED, EDNOS, anorexia athletica, bulimia, etc.)
- body image
- physical well-being (they overlap often)
- coping mechanisms
- what mental health means to you
- stepping outside of comfort zones
- pursuing passions
- anything related to taking care of yourself
Get creative! Have fun with it! Since creating Lord Still Loves Me, I’ve always wanted my corner of the internet to be on of community, support, encouragement, and love. We are here to build each other up and help when those are in need. Do not think your post needs to be a “how-to” guide either. Even simply writing through an “a-ha moment” or discussing a fear food you conquered. It could even be a moment in which you struggled with your mental health. Anything that promotes the wellbeing of one’s mental health is fair game!
All I ask is that you write the truth, no matter how raw and vulnerable it gets. The truth will not only set you free form the barriers that impact your mental health, but also, those are the posts that others want to read. Picture perfect mental health does not get any of us anywhere, because it is difficult to resonate with. I know the posts I enjoy the most on mental health are the ones in which I can relate to the struggle. So, no need for perfection here! Faults are what make us human, and we all know well what it means to fail. What is important is how we come to accept this innate aspect of humanity.
Here are some examples from earlier posts featured on Drops of Jules to give you an idea:
Here are some examples from blogging friends that I also enjoyed:
Give Yourself Permission via Ellen [My Uncommon Everyday]
Putting on My Oxygen Mask First via Emily [My Healthyish Life]
That’s Not My Size (Anymore) via Kate [The DomestiKated Life]
Juggling VS Balancing via Margaret [Young and Rungry]
My Decision to Go on Accutane via Brie [Lean, Clean, Brie]
See how there are a million different directions you can take the link up? If there is a spark in your head, write it out! See where it takes you. You never know where writing may end up, and I encourage you to follow any thought that may pop up into your head. I specifically made this link-up wide open for the freedom to take it where it may lead. All I ask is that when providing a link to the link up, you adhere to the following guidelines:
- Grab the Mental Health Monday graphic up above and stick it into your post to help showcase the link-up and spread the good word!
- Take time out to support other posts that link-up to Mental Health Monday. Let’s share the love!
- Submit your link over here on a Monday and let others see a sneak peek inside your brain!
- Triggering material is allowed, but please be conscientious of others and post a warning if you feel one may be necessary.
- No condemnation. This link-up is a community of support, so there is no toleration for hate. We’re a family, okay?
I’m beaming with excitement as I cannot wait to see everyone writes. If you have any inclination to contribute, please do. Your words carry value, and you never know who you might helpout there. You have a voice. Don’t let anything or anyone mute it.
Have any questions about the link-up? Comment below and I’ll answer them as well as add any clarifying information to this blog post. Feel free to refer back here any time you need assistance.