I hope you’re having a great week.
As you may or may not know — yesterday was ‘World Mental Health Day’.
Such an important day to recognise as so many people struggle with mental health issues on all different levels.
I made a post on my social media yesterday about my story and got so many messages about it, I just wanted to share it with you too in the hope it can at least help one person reading this.
Having suffered from various mental health issues, a 15 year eating disorder, experienced an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, lived off Prozac, sleeping pills, seen psychiatrists, counsellors, been an outpatient at Cornhill hospital and hired a life coach…
I know what it’s like to struggle.
To be in a dark place.
To think there’s no hope.
And to think life will never get better.
For anyone feeling in the same boat…
I can hands down tell you there IS hope and it CAN get better!!
Here’s some tips I’d like to share that have helped me and hopefully may help you:
🔸️ Don’t be afraid to ask for help, often the hardest thing to do but the most important step to take.
🔸️ Be kind to yourself — nothing in the world will matter or have emotional value if you don’t love (or at least like) yourself.
🔸️You matter. You’re important. The world is not a better place without you.
🔸️ Surround yourself with people who lift you up — positivity breads positivity.
🔸️ Do more of the things you enjoy.
🔸️ Exercise daily — without a doubt the most under-utilised anti-depressant available.
🔸️ Life won’t change overnight but that doesn’t mean it can’t change.
🔸️ It’s ok to not be ok.
🔸️There’s always a light at the end of the tunnel — it just takes some us longer to reach it.
🔸️ Never apologise for being you.
🔸️ Help others — it’s amazing how this can make you feel.
🔸️ It’s not your fault.
🔸️The only person who can truly help you — is you.
🔸️ Life won’t get better by chance.
🔸️A support network is an essential part of recovery.
🔸️Learn from yesterday, live for today, plan for tomorrow.
🔸️You always have choices.
🔸️A negative mind will never lead a positive life — stop focusing on the ‘bad’ things.
🔸️Never underestimate what you’re capable of.
🔸️ You can.
A few days after the picture above was taken,
I went on to win Scotland’s National Business Awards — ‘Best Fitness Business in Scotland 2018’.
Without a doubt the BIGGEST award of my career and monumental time in my recovery.
It was much more than just a business award for me.
It was reminder of all the lows & struggles I’d pushed through and every effort I’d put into transforming my mental health, fitness and business was and continues to be worth it.
I felt on top of the world that day.
If I can do it…you can do it.
Lee ‘always here to help’ Donald x
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