5 Critical things I learned while recovering my mental health…

and now use everyday as part of a rewarding and healthy lifestyle

With the rise of stress and the physical and psychological impact that it is having globally, it is also now becoming more likely that more people will experience some form of mental health issue. Having experienced burnout – and a complete mental breakdown as a result – I’ve had a first hand experience of what it is like to be on the sidelines of life.

What I went through was unlike anything I had ever known. There was no preparation time; it happened without warning. I found myself in the middle of my own personal armageddon with no idea which way to turn to get my life back on track.

There were so many lessons I learned during my recovery, but here are the five things that made the biggest impact on my ability to get back to a rewarding and healthy life:

My life imploded in minutes.

I went from being an award-winning executive to on the floor, unable to participate in even the basics of life and unable to stop crying. There was no flexibility in this situation – everything changed in seconds. I had to develop patience, love and kindness for myself so that I could pare everything back to the basics and slowly take one step at a time to move forwards.

At a time when I was at my most fragile and raw, I had to develop a very thick skin

People are generally well-meaning, but often say things that make them feel better in situations where they can’t understand what is going on. I had to find a way to ignore what others were saying and doing and retreat to a space that would allow me to heal.

Find out the other three important lessons on Bronwen Sciortino's (Simplicity Expert, Professional Speaker and the internationally renowned author of Keep It Super Simple & The Economy of Enough) post on Thrive Global