I often find that mental health and personal growth go hand in hand. Your mental health improves as you make unique discoveries about yourself and have mindset shifts. Perhaps this is why I'm a fan of personal growth and self-reflection. It's helped me navigate some dark seasons with my mental and physical health.
And the months of April and May have been all about personal discovery and growth for me. This journey of self-growth started with my decision to take a break from social media.
While social media is a beautiful tool for connection and community, there's a dark side. This negative space is where comparison, unhealthy influence, and ignorance live. And I don't know about you, but these things cause severe anxiety, frustration, and feelings of worthlessness.
Instead of leaving these emotions on social media where they belong, I carry them with me into my everyday life. Hence, I find it essential to take a break from social media every so often. It's the ultimate act of self-care for my mental health. As a result, I'm less anxious, experience more peace, and am present in the world around me.
And, it's something that you may find beneficial as well. Hence, I'm talking more about social media breaks in this month's newsletter later this month. Additionally, I'm sharing journal prompts designed to help you understand what's influencing you and determine how to have a healthier relationship with social media.
However, on the blog, I'm talking about surgical scars, specifically laparotomy scars, for this month's blog topic. As summer approaches, there will be an increase in time spent by the pool and at the beach. Having surgical scars can make you uncomfortable and feel insecure. But, I'm here to remind you (and myself) that you're still worthy. Having a scar doesn't make you any less. But, it's still essential to properly care for your scar to help it continue to fade and prevent discoloration. The post includes tips on how to do so.
Lastly, this month marks my return to YouTube after an extended hiatus. And I'm sharing tips on talking to your doctor about endometriosis. Endometriosis is perhaps one of the most common yet underdiagnosed conditions. Unfortunately, much of this comes from doctors' lack of knowledge regarding endometriosis and patients not being well informed about symptoms and their risk of having the disease.
However, I believe learning more about endometriosis and how to have conversations with your doctor about it can increase early diagnosis and prevent severe complications like the ones I experienced. So, I find it so important to share how to have productive conversations with your doctor about it and know when to recognize it's time to get a second opinion.
I hope you enjoy this month's content, and I look forward to connecting with you on Instagram and YouTube!