YES! I did it! What an amazing feeling.
It’s a little crazy when I think about it. Walking was simply a way for me to get from point A to point B. Nothing more. I never thought it would become a way of taking care of myself. And then, on top of doing something for my mental health, I also contributed towards something bigger than myself by participating in the Relief walk. As I'm writing this, I even collected $100 thanks to my fundraiser. I am on top of the world, or as my younger, way cooler little sister would say, flexing hard!
In addition to the walk, something else that I’m super proud of is the fact that I tried yoga out for the first time. Not so much for the yoga as such, because honestly it didn’t exactly blow my mind, but rather because I went ahead and tried something new. Exploring the unknown has always stressed me out. As I write this, I realize that being stressed out by the idea of doing yoga may sound counter-intuitive but hey, here we are. Either way, I wanted to face my fears and I succeeded!
But what made me happiest in the last few days was listening to myself and setting my own boundaries. At its core, that was my real goal.
― Was I too ambitious with my commitment to walk 20 km in 2 days? I simply reassessed my goal.
― Received emails from my boss on a Saturday morning? I disabled my notifications.
― The laundry basket is overflowing? Uh… ok, no. I should maybe do some laundry. I’m running out of clean clothes!
Anyway, all this to say that I’m done putting everything before myself.
Look at me go. I’ve got this!
how about you, what are you proud of?
By walking for the cause of mental health, you are, like Louise, actively involved in your well-being. You are making your own choices regarding YOUR mental health. Without knowing it you’ve adopted a self-management approach.
We could provide you with a comprehensive list of actions in order to continue looking after yourself, such as:
- taking a warm bath
- cooking a delicious meal
- starting a creative project
- listening to music
But you are your own expert when it comes to your mental health. You get to hold the steering wheel and it’s our job to guide you and provide you with the tools you need so that your journey is a success!
To celebrate your journey, we invite you to share those moments that also made you say “I’ve got this!” before, during, and after the Relief walk.
Don’t forget to tag @myrelief.ca using the hashtag #theReliefwalk.