Within the last few months, mental health awareness has really been brought to light. This summer for me has been my own personal awareness.

Between all my ups and down this summer, I have realized that my mental well-being isn't exactly well. Over the last couple of years, since I started college and have been on my own, I have not been taking care of and helping myself the way I should. I have always been so consumed with helping other people that I have always put my needs aside. Now, if you're anything like me, you know that this is something that can be hard to break when you've been doing it your whole life. This is just the kind of person I am.

Unfortunately, being the kind of person that I am has finally caught up to me. Taking care of yourself is so so important. With the struggles and stresses of life, it can eventually take a toll on a person.

My struggles and stress and my personality has caught up to me and has finally caused me to realize that my mental and emotional health is not where it needs to be. I am always a very happy person and I love life. And I love sharing my life with people and being surrounded by people that I love and care about. However, because I've lost touch with what brings me life, I haven't been the same person I've always been.

I've become detached from others and I lock myself up in my room when I'm not at school or working. I have lost the light in me that I used to have. I have found myself feeling stuck. I don't have as much as excitement for life the way I used to be. I've lost interest in things that I normally enjoy doing. I have never been one to struggle with my mental health and that's why I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to take care of it. When you forget to take care of yourself, it eventually catches up to you.

Now that I have been made aware of my issues, I am going to begin to work on myself. Anyone who struggles internally, please know that there is a way for you to get better before it gets worse. Taking care of yourself doesn't always mean your physical health. In my opinion, nurturing your mind and your soul is far more important than making sure you look good. If anyone reading this can relate to this, know that there are ways to help yourself and that you can get better.