Ginayra (@ggmayg)

Ginayra (@ggmayg)

"My depression started in 2020 after covid hit and I didn’t really recover till this year, but 2022 definitely hit my mental health hard. There were so many things out of my control and eventually I started to spiral and started using alcohol as a way to cope. Alcohol made things so much worse but I eventually became dependent on it. I stopped doing the things that I loved because it was hard to do the simplest things like getting out of bed, or brushing my teeth, etc.

It was a whole year of that cycle until finally I decided to do something about it. I had to change not only for myself, but for my son and my loved ones because I couldn’t hide it anymore. I started meditating, working out, and eating healthier and almost immediately my mood changed. I liked feeling like my old self again, which was always positive. I kept at it everyday and I can finally feel myself breathe again. It’s not always perfect. Some days are hard, but I am in a better place mentally and I am proud of that.

For anyone going through the same thing, I know it’s not easy. It’s okay not to be okay sometimes, but just know that you are not alone. Keeping things in will hurt more so talk anyone. Eat healthy, do body movements, meditate, journal, anything. You have to initiate that first step to change. Take baby steps and you’ll eventually be in a better place."

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