kthahahayes

A blog in which I, a writer, artist, and comics creator take each day in stride, share about how I’m coping with anxiety and depression, and show off bits of my hard work.

Eat.

Yes, breakfast is important, but so are lunch and dinner and snacks. Not eating can make you sick. If you haven’t eaten for so long that you feel nauseous, start with water and crackers, then build up to actual food with fiber, CARBS, and protein. Carbs are important because they are your body’s direct energy. Protein is important because it’s tomorrow’s energy and helps build muscle. Fiber is like all that cleansing water, but it helps clear solids from your system and put your digestive system back on the right track.

Make a whole lot of extra noodle sauce and use it for the rest of the week. It can taste better the second or third time you eat it and it makes cooking a whole lot easier.

If you’re not willing/able to make food because of your mental health, Little Cesar’s has cheap, decent pizza. If you need to order delivery, dominos website makes it so you barely have to interact with another human.

Just because you’re not yourself doesn’t mean you should skip meals, and it’s very important to feed your body, so that you’re not sick when you’re back to being yourself. Food is always worth it.

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Don’t just feel awful

If you feel extra depressed/anxious while on/before/after your period, DON’T JUST IGNORE IT! Tell your doctor, and they can:

A. Get you on a higher dose of medicine whenever your mental health gets worse (for me it’s the week leading up, but it can happen during or after cause hormones are garbage) to see if that will help keep you more normal

B. Recommend you to a women’s clinic or straight up provide you with some birth control to see if that will help

C. Try something I don’t know about because A works really well for me, even though my drug of choice takes 2 weeks to start working, upping the dose for a week will work THAT WEEK and it makes my entire month better to not have to just let my mental health deteriorate over one week

You should never just let yourself suffer because of something “natural”. Your mental illness is natural, and you take drugs like you wear glasses, to make it better. If your eyesight gets worse at night, you might get readers or special lights, so don’t let your mental health deteriorate just because it’s “normal” to be extra emotional.

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Get it out

I write trash fanfic sometimes, just so that I can stop thinking about it. When it’s on paper, it’s not an idea floating around my head, so I can just save it and ignore it and laugh at it later.

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I make a list each night of what I want to do in relatively the order I want it in for the next day. At the bottom, I always put “kill all humans”, so I never feel bad about not getting something done.

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The difference

I learned something new today from my therapist. They told me that depression is focused on the past and anxiety is focused on the future. I’d never thought of it that way, and it’s helping me right now, so I hope it will help someone out there too.

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