1. Exercise: this might seem odd, but physically exerting yourself can relieve mental stress. Exercise lowers cortisol (your body’s stress hormone). Try to find an exercise routine that makes you happy – yoga, running, kickboxing. It needs to be something that makes you happy or you won’t do it, right?
I had lunch with a good friend of mine recently. She sits down and says “I just dropped a bomb in my life.”
I first thought seriously about taking my own life at 15 years old. My mom was a single mom, and my alcoholic dad wasn’t around. I had one older brother who had issues; we were not close. I was a huge introvert. The girl that took a book with her everywhere so she didn’t have to interact with the world. What caused this intense feeling of wanting to disappear completely and forever at this young age? Was it the “druggie” girls in high school who constantly bullied me, who would call my house every morning at 2 AM to threaten me and my family?