Often when you’re struggling, you don’t know where to find hope. On my mental health journey, I found hope in a lot of different ways that I would like to share:
1. Music —Before I even knew God, I knew music. When trauma took my ability to communicate effectively, I used music. I was always moved by music in the ways it uplifted me and brought about raw feelings. When I am anxious in a situation, I self soothe by humming a favorite song. If I am lost on a road trip or it is dark and I am scared, I turn up the music. I also write and perform music to express myself.
2. Shutting out the noise —For several years, I didn't have any form of social media. I look forward to taking time away from social media, people, and expectations to be at peace.
3. Dancing —I like to dance in my home alone. It engages me in freedom.
4. Kickboxing —I enjoy hitting things, not people. It is the perfect way to let out frustration and get fit.
5. Sharing my story —In sharing my story, I can connect with others and give them hope. I can also see where I have grown.
6. Serving others —Serving others in areas I am passionate about has helped tremendously to use my pain for good.
7. Subtly being around others with little expectations —I like to be around people without being around people, by going to places like the library, the park, and the movies.
8. Connecting with God — The most important and eternal source of hope, I connect with God through music, prayer, journaling, etc. His plan is to give me a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11).
In this new season of my life, I anticipate accumulating new ways of finding hope.