Having shared my PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) on my Instagram stories a while ago, I was alarmed by the number of ladies who reached out to ask for coping mechanisms. Not enough attention is given to our mental health, especially within the Indian community, even with the rise of mental health awareness, we are simply expected to move on with life.
I was forced to address my mental health issue when it began to affect me physically – my body was not functioning. At my worst I would sleep a total of four hours a week (this was ongoing for four years) and crash one day in a week, in addition to this, I had a multitude of panic attacks and severe migraines on a weekly basis.
A few years later I can say I am finally doing much better and PTSD is something I don’t think ever goes away but applying coping mechanisms have helped with putting my life and health back in order. Now, I have migraines a few times a year, I can’t remember the last time I had a panic attack and I was able to pick up the pieces of my life and begin a new and successful career path.
In this blog post, I share my mental health routine, including supplements I take and what I do daily to help ensure my PTSD does not consume me on any given day (if you have PTSD or severe anxiety, you can relate with how easily this can happen).
Here is a daily checklist which is explained in detail in this post:
The most effective treatment for PTSD is therapy. Due to the trauma I had suffered (which I prefer not to talk about in detail) for many years, I did have therapy on and off a number of times. Not all forms of therapy work.
Finally, I found a therapist that was able to help with trauma specific therapy subsequently I spent a year in this therapy program working through it. I cannot stress how important it is to have trauma therapy, it was the first step of my healing process and none of the coping mechanisms I do today would have helped if I didn’t see to the root of the problem. If for whatever reason you cannot see a therapist, I suggest you find a support group or a friend that you can open up to, but the first option is always therapy.
During the time of my therapy I was a mess but I trusted the process and I’m so glad that I did.
As a follow up to therapy, I now journal regularly which assists with gaining control of my emotions and my memory. On account of my trauma, I lost a large part of memory related to my childhood and journaling every day activities allows my mind to connect that I am now in a safe place and it’s okay to remember and create new memories worth cherishing.
Daily Supplement Routine
Every day I need to keep my mental health in check, it took a while for me to ease off my scheduled medication and I now take natural supplements on a daily basis which help me.
Every morning after breakfast I take Ashwaganda capsules which I purchase from a local health store. It took about two weeks for my body to adjust to this supplement, initially I felt extremely tired and would fall asleep almost instantly after a few hours of consuming it. It’s helped with my anxiety throughout the day and I am able to not be victim to emotions but rather have a productive day. Ashwaganda is a medicinal herb known to reduce anxiety, stress, depression and boost brain function.
After lunch I take a magnesium supplement in addition to my vitamin supplement. There have been studies that suggest magnesium assists with anxiety disorder and aids with sleep – I found that I am less fatigued with the inclusion of magnesium than without it and am able to sleep better.
CBD Oil was the first supplement I included in my daily routine after my therapy treatment because of my obtuse sleeping disorder.
Years later I still take CBD oil every night before I sleep. I find that anxiety can creep up at night when you tend to worry about the next day’s tasks or overthinking situations in general. CBD oil allows me to relax into a deep sleep, waking up refreshed and energized the next morning.
Honestly, I never did relate to self-help book material, I felt the narrative was dictator type, until I came across Jen Sincero’s “Be A Badass” – a book which doesn’t dictate that you need to belong to any 5am club or think like a man in order to be successful, I also love that it’s written by a woman and provides a no – nonsense, simplified approach to moving on with your life. It was a lovely book to work through and I now have most of her series of self-help books and am currently working through “Badass Habits.”
Another book that was recommended that I’m so grateful for is Oprah Winfrey “What happened to you” – a perfect read if you cannot go to therapy or want to process your healing even more – which I feel is something you constantly need to do in order to function separately from your trauma.
I repeat affirmations every morning before I start my day to set the tone for the rest of the day, to invite positive energy and tap into high vibrations. Daily affirmations has helped me achieve short – term goals easily and assists with eliminating procrastination.
Every month I change up my affirmations to suit that time of my life. Looking through my book of affirmations, is a journey of its own and helps me appreciate how far I come.
Meditation and Being Mindful:
I don’t meditate too often, but when I do it is healing. When I first attempted meditation, I did not enjoy it, it took a while to acquaint to the idea. I find that the more ground work I do with myself and as I become more mindful and less detached, I’ve been enjoying meditation more than usual. I didn’t give up the idea of meditation helping my PTSD journey, because I knew that if many people claimed that it was a life – altering thing to do, it was something I couldn’t ignore, so I’m glad that I revisited it every so often.
PTSD is a form of stress and any form of exercise, even if all you can manage for the day is walking your dogs, helps with relieving stress. Always aim to move and do something for your body.
Find a hobby that detaches you from work and your usual routine. Having a hobby definitely helps especially on mundane days, sometimes shifting your focus is all you need.
Societies as a whole will benefit from people who are able to take care of their mental health in the best of ways and address generational toxic cycles of trauma that we can end with us.
I hope the above can find you some release and assist you on your mental health journey, should you require further information on what I shared I am willing to assist, just drop me a DM on Instagram or comment below.
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