Put Your Mental Health First

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[This post was originally featured in City Fit Girls newsletter #149 for the week of October 8, 2018.]


By Kiera Smalls

A few weeks ago, I told you all that I fell during a run. I was hoping that it was just a little swelling but it turned out to be a stress fracture and now I'm in a boot for 6-8 weeks. Not only did this injury derail my half-marathon training, it also has taken a toll on my mental health. I'm feeling pretty bummed that I can't commit to my normal fitness routine and now I realize how much physical activity contributes to my mental state.

If you've been following me online, you know that I'm very open about discussing mental health. I have no problem admitting that these past few weeks have been difficult. Before I let things get out of hand, I spoke with my therapist, practiced meditation and spent time outdoors via a trip to Portland and Seattle to refocus and clear my mind.

When times get tough, how do you manage your mental health? Do you meditate, chat with loved ones, book a trip or do you do nothing? If doing nothing is your answer, let's use this week to put some ideas, tools, and strategies in place for when you need them the most. I had to learn to put myself (and my mental health first) and you should too.

If you already have a plan in place, please take time to support a friend or family member who needs it.

Kiera,

Co-Founder, City Fit Girls