Health & Wellness

My Mental Health Journey

By Melena Gurganus

In light of Mental Health Awareness Day on October 10th, there’s never a better time to callout the undeniable presence of mental health issues that plaque people al over the world, as well as the various ways they have found treatment for these conditions.

More recently, there’s been an uptick in dialogue about mental health, with celebrities jumping into the conversation and normalizing the discussion of mental health disorders. Kristen Bell, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Sophie Turner (the Queen in the North) are just a few of Hollywood’s A-listers that have spoken out about their personal and familial struggles with mental health issues like depression, anxiety, and body image issues. Yet even with plenty of support backing the movement to de-stigmatize the world’s perception of mental health problems, there’s always more that can be done.

This is why I decided to share my personal mental health journey, and how I found time for myself and my health through a series of trial and error attempts.

So, this is my story…

For most people that are just starting out at their first or second job, it can seem like an endlessly daunting realm where they are constantly trying to prove themselves, gain valuable work experience, and balance healthy relationships along the way. For myself, as a recent college graduate with little to no work experience, my first full-time job was somewhat of a rude awakening to the difficulties that I’d face as I tried to do everything all of the time, while leaving little room for myself and my mental health. This would ultimately end up having a dramatic impact on my stress and anxiety levels, which eventually led me to find a better way to deal with the demands of life.

By nature, I’m a pretty anxious person. I’m good at navigating through most social situations, but in reality, I’m a textbook over-thinker who dreads awkward silences, and whose heart races anytime I get called on in a meeting or lecture. But in all honesty, these were never issues that I had taken notice of until I started working in the real world, and was forced to face these irrational fears on an everyday basis.

Here, it became clear that my anxiety wasn’t slowing down anytime soon, and neither was my workload or the long list of weekend plans that never allotted me the time to stop and catch my breath. Essentially, I was burning the candle at both ends—and the wax was melting quickly. I soon came to the realization that I wouldn’t be able to keep up the “never say no” mentality that had bled into both my work and personal lives.

In this constant struggle to meet demands on every front, I was left feeling overwhelmed and burnt out. And what’s more, most millennials who are early on in their careers (like myself) experience these same troubles. My generation has unaffectionately been dubbed as the “most stressed” or “most anxious” generation, especially in relation to the workforce where job availability, qualifications, and expectations are enough to put even the most confident applicant in a dazed stupor.

In my own experience, I noticed my anxiety was perhaps at its worst on Sundays, just before the work week started. This phenomenon is commonly referred to as the “Sunday Scaries” because of the worries that start to creep in as the responsibilities and stressful workloads loom in the near distance.

After my first few months on the job, it was becoming increasingly difficult to hide my anxiety-related symptoms. I knew there had to be another way, something I could do to help me relax in the moments when I felt nervous for no reason, or when I couldn’t focus on my work when it mattered most.

It was then that I came across Sunday Scaries (and not the kind that had previously made me feel on edge at the end of every weekend). Sunday Scaries is also the name of a company that makes products specifically designed to combat—you guessed it—the “Sunday Scaries” that plague people with anxiety.

At first glance, I was skeptical as to whether the Sunday Scaries gummies were going to have any effect at all. I had actually forgotten that I had taken two of them until I was driving later that day, and noticed I was much less impatient and anxious when I found myself surrounded by rush-hour traffic. Normally, there would have been a pit in my stomach as I worried about when I would get home, or about the car that had just cut me off. Instead, I felt pretty calm and thought  “I’ll get there when I get there,” and that was it. I had no idea why I felt so chill, and then it hit me—could it be the gummies I took?

After seeing success with these tasty gummies, I started to take them once or twice a day to really put them to the test. And sure enough, I unknowingly was less panicked during the workday, which made it easier for me to focus on my tasks. So I decided to take things a step further. I incorporated other Sunday Scaries products into my daily routine, which has been effective at naturally helping me chill out without making me drowsy or spaced-out like most prescription anxiety medications have a tendency to do.

All in all, I’m glad I took a chance on Sunday Scaries, whose products have helped me regain balance and structure in my own life. But not everyone experiences stress in the same way, and there’s no one-size-fits-all treatment for anxiety. There are plenty of additional steps that I’ve taken to eliminate unnecessary stressors from my life, like prioritizing deadlines, avoiding multitasking, and saying no to plans when I’m too busy, which ultimately allows the natural de-stressors from Sunday Scaries to work their magic in a more impactful way. Sundays don’t have to be so scary after all.

For Mental Health Awareness Day, it’s also important to highlight the additional ways that people may find relief for their conditions. These therapeutic practices may include:

  • Seeking out a therapist
  • Maintaining a healthy diet and exercise routine
  • Taking the time to get the right amount of sleep each night
  • Writing daily

Additionally, this year’s World Mental Health Day is focused on suicide prevention due to rapid increase of this phenomenon, and every 40 seconds, someone loses their life to suicide. On October 10th, you can participate in “40 seconds of action” to raise awareness of mental health and the prevalence of suicide, as well as ways you can prevent it.

On this day, Remedy Review wants to make a difference that improves the lives of others, and we strive to call out brands that share this mindset. This is why we love Sunday Scaries and their dedication to mental health advocacy. This October 10th, Sunday Scaries is offering 30% off all of their products through October 13th with the code HEALTHMENTAL.

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