time to take a breather

August 15, 2022  |  Anxiety, Emotional wellbeing, mental health

It's been one heck of a week, and it's only Monday!

I can honestly say that my mental health has been going for a wild ride over the past several days. I was involved in a car accident last week that sent me to the ER, ultimately being admitted for observation overnight. It wasn't how I wanted the evening to go, by any means, but it was necessary. I'm grateful that the accident wasn't worse than it was, and that no one was seriously hurt.

Still, my brain went into overdrive thinking about "what could have been". How did I get into this situation, and why me anyway? My car was totaled so I had no ride except for the rental I was getting for a few days, and I had to figure out how I was going to pick it up and get home once I drop it off (thanks to friends, I didn't have to worry about that very long!).

With all that happened, I was constantly thinking about how much worse the whole event could have been - and how lucky I really was to get out of it without any injury at all. It did a number on my mental health for a day or so, and I wasn't sure if I would get out of that spiral.

Luckily I have some wonderful friends and family who were there for me, who provided unconditional support and care. They listened to me, and reassured me that I would be OK. I did reach out for some additional help, just to be sure I was handling things well and get some strategies to help ease my anxiety around the unfortunate event.

Life can toss some rough things your way at any time. Take a moment to take stock, and reach out to friends and family for support when you need it. Even if you feel you don't, having them close by helps. Trust me - you may wind up needing someone to listen when you least expect it.