• Kristina Cherep

Exactly A Year Ago

Exactly a year ago today I came out on social media about my mental illnesses. I came out by sharing that Eevee was much more than my cute new dog; she was my ESA. Since then my life has changed in so many ways. It didn’t make my anxiety or depression disappear, but it made me feel loved and supported. Not only by others, but by myself.

It’s inspired me to do the things that make me happy instead of doing the things I thought people expected me to do. It’s made my relationships and friendships stronger. It’s also brought me a lot new relationships and friendships I never knew I needed.

In no ways was this past year completely perfect... I had medication withdrawals, anxiety attacks in public places, started new medications, had an episode and needed to have therapy three times a week some weeks.

However, the difference between this past year and other years is that I wasn’t alone. I was understood. My friends and family now knew how to help me because I told them how through my blog posts. My family members actually pointed out that I needed to go back to therapy because they recognized my warning signs. Because I shared them in my blog posts.

I’m saying all of this because again I don’t want you to feel alone. However, I’m not physically with you to sense if you’re struggling on a day to day basis.

I suggest, if you haven’t already, share with someone about your mental illness. Not to have them have pity for you, but because they can support you! Or if you sense or know someone close to you with one just let them know that you’re here for them. Even during the busy holiday season.

The holiday season isn’t a happy time for everyone, so know that you’ll have love and support or be the one to give it if you start to open up! Even if it’s just with one person.

Well that’s all I got for now... Happy Tuesday! 😘