How I Transformed My Mindset & Mental Health With Self-Care, Journaling and Affirmations
Hiya, I’m Nia – Your professional witchy ray of sunshine… sort of.
I’m the owner and main writer of Seeking Serotonin – a blog dedicated to self-care with an emphasis on affirmations and journaling. (Although, since you’re here, you probably already know that.)
I’ve suffered from depression and anxiety since childhood, but my mental health really took a nose-dive when I reached my teens and then adulthood.
My school years, which most people describe as the best of their lives (seriously… what school did you go to?!), was hell for me.
It’s hard to know what happened first: the bullying or the mental health problems. But I doubt it really matters. All I know is that I hated every second of it.
My depression and anxiety would go on to affect every past of my life. College, University, relationships, sex, food, my body – EVERYTHING.
I could never seem to get my depression under control.
I always felt a bit lost and never felt like I had my s*** together. Everyone around me seemed to be progressing with their lives while I was just stuck, feeling desperate, sad and alone.
I was exhausted for no good reason; miserable; bitter; angry; dejected; unmotivated; disorganised; and in a really, really bad headspace for years.
It all came to a head in my mid-20s, when I quit my stable, full-time freelance writing job because my mental health was in tatters. I was deeply depressed, drinking too much, binge eating and so anxious that I felt as if my insides were filled with wasps.
I didn’t truly believe it could get better.
This was until, in a desperate attempt to improve my outlook, I read about practising gratitude, self-care, affirmations, and journaling in general.
THIS. WAS. LIFE-CHANGING.
Over the course of months, I implemented all of these into my daily routine.
The change in my mindset and mental health was nothing short of amazing.
I now feel 10x more positive, put together and motivated than I’ve ever done in the past.
Thus, Seeking Serotonin was born :).
This positive change in my mindset through self-care also finally gave me the strength I needed to get sober and quite drinking alcohol for good, which HUGELY alleviated any lingering anxiety I’d previously had.
I no longer wake up each morning and hide under the duvet, consumed by that feeling of despair, doom and angry butterflies – I reach for my journal, practise gratitude, and set goals, as well as write intentions and affirmations for the day.
I make sure to schedule in daily self-care and stick to a routine religiously.
While mental health problems don’t just magically go away overnight and I do still have bad days (sometimes weeks), they’re few and far between and I know how to cope with them.
If I’m feel especially down, I know I need to turn to my self-care and shadow work planners.
I now write a blog dedicated to helping other people to do the same.
I write blogs about the different types of self-care, as well as self-care ideas; provide journal prompts for those looking to start journaling; and create affirmations for people to repeat in order to boost their mood and mindset.
To get started, simply click on the category you’re looking for on the top menu bar :).
Thank you for being here,