May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. 1 in 5 people deal with a mental illness at some point during their lifespan. As an African American raised in a rural community, I know that a lot of these issues are ignored & brushed off due to a lack of information. Many times in my life, I’ve been told to “shake it off” or “just pray about it, sweetie.” I viewed my moods as a sign of weakness because that’s all I was ever taught. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I began to seek help and finally put a name on the issues I was battling: Anxiety & Depression.

Being informed about my conditions has helped me better cope with “my demons.” Self-care is a main priority for me now. I find peace with being out in nature. Being outdoors allows me to recharge and relax.

It was through an inspiring blog post from the very awesome @bahnelly that I found out about @therapyforblackgirls . I can’t express the joy & relief of finding resources and a community of women that look like me. Also, a shoutout to a very special life coach @uniquely_his who always encourages me to protect my peace.

Educate yourself about mental illness and ALWAYS BE KIND. “Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters #mentalhealthawarenessmonth #mentalhealtheducation #blackmentalhealth #blacktherapy #selfcare #blackgirlshike #naturetherapy🌿 #connectwithnature #getoutside #naturelover