The Importance of ‘Checking In’ on Your Mental Health

The Importance of ‘Checking In’ on Your Mental Health

Living Life with CP

Lately, I have been pleased with the content of this column. I feel it’s the most true to myself that I’ve written, and just about every piece is about now, the things I’m currently going through, as opposed to being several months old. And it has all happened as I’ve been through a huge period of self-growth and adjustment. I’ve been documenting it and it’s been helping people; I can go back and see myself at any moment, and that’s amazing.

Living Life With CP has given me so much confidence and support in these past few months. I cannot even begin to express how grateful I am for all that it’s done for me. I am so lucky to work with and be surrounded by such helpful, patient, supportive people who never fail to hold me accountable, people who are comfortable watching me grow.

I have a lot of faith in the place where I’m documenting all this, and it’s because of this column and because of these people, and all of you, dear readers, that I started doing new things. I posted a couple of videos to YouTube, which is something I’ve always wanted to do. My personal blog and my presence on the internet is starting to take shape. And I never would have found all of this if not for this column.

I’ve been doing a lot of things that have made, and continue to make, me so happy. I’ve written about some of those things. As some of you know, I’ve really been struggling. I’ve recently started sharing some of those experiences, too, because this is a place where I feel safe to do so, and I think my struggles my be helpful to others.

I’ve kept some of my struggles private because they have been so difficult that, for the first time in my life, I’ve really lacked words to explain it.

So, the point I want to make with this column is to stress the importance of checking in with yourself and staying in tune with your mental health. I’ve gone through such a wide range of crippling emotions in the past four months, and I have shared some of that with an app, Moodnotes, which I also wrote about here. I also just want to remind you to check in on your friends. Ask them if they’re okay and really listen to their answers.

Thank you all for your support, and for the opportunity to share my life with you. I hope it helps in some way.

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Hello, My name is Brittney and I am a columnist with Cerebral Palsy. I focus on writing about lifestyle and believe that everyone’s experience is relevant, no matter the disability. I support, and advocate for, the mainstreaming and normalization of children with disabilities and their families, as well as advocating for parents and children who need to go the more specialized route. I hope that my content provides a positive reinforcement that it is possible to live a happy and fulfilled life even with a disability.

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