Long term readers may remember I was a public health major in college and worked in the field right after college.
When I worked in the field and before moving to New Jersey, I blog more about mental health. It’s a topic passionate to me. Since May is mental health month, it’s the perfect time to talk more about it.
It’s no secret the pandemic has affected people’s mental health. Over a year of lockdowns and not seeing friends is hard! Now, as things are opening up, it feels “weird” to see friends and family.
Awareness about the importance of mental health is the first way to end the stigma. Like any chronic disease, it’s important to talk openly because mental health disorders live and grow in silence.
I’ve blogged openly and honestly about my anxiety and depression throughout the years. Everyone has a different experience, but sharing your own story can help others feel as though they are not alone.
It’s hard to believe I got married six years ago. Apparently, I only blog about my anniversary on even anniversaries, so 6 years gets a blog post (this is not on purpose in the slightest).
Last year, for our fifth anniversary, we had a lot of plans. We contemplated going to Norway, but then we found out we were moving. We were actually planning to spend five years in the Bay Area. Then I broke my foot, and COVID happened, so we spent it at home.
Truthfully that title alone could be all I wrote, closed the blog post, and it was done. No one expected the pandemic to last this long. Even me, who sometimes has flashbacks to my epidemiology courses in college. (I got my degree in community health and took courses in epidemics, pandemics, and public health information…)
Originally I started blogging to share my story. A decade ago, I started running, and I didn’t know anyone else (really) that ran. So I started blogging to share my story. My ups include PRS, and my lows include injury, anxiety, and depression.