4 Steps to Recover From Emotional Breakdowns (Nervous Breakdown)
Oh, emotional breakdowns… what heavenly experience. Have you ever had a nervous breakdown before? I know I have. Multiple times.
Here's my story on my last traumatic (exaggerating) nervous breakdown. It was during my final exam weeks. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who has emotional breakdowns during exam weeks. It's stressful, ok?
I was stressing out and overwhelmed by how much information I had to learn and remember before the exam. I studied between 8 pm - 11 pm every night.
Of course, I had to take breaks in between the 30 minutes of studying. As I was nearer to the exam, it was at that moment I went mental!
I ended up feeling "dead inside" (insert Goofy singing a cover to Evanescence - Bring Me To Life).
So grab your mug of coffee or tea and let's get right into it!
Exhausted and mentally drained out of my mind. My mind was at its state where I wanted to cut all my hair off as if I'm having an identity crisis. I was easily irritated at friends and family for no reason. Even their existence had me going mad.
One of my best friends didn't know what to do with me because I kept dropping in and out of our conversation. But he stuck with me till the end (you know who you are).
The only thing that helped me steady my mental state was playing League of Legends. Every time I wanted to pull my hair out during study time, I would quit and go play that game.
It was until after the exams that I ended up bursting into tears and binge eating. I didn't know what to do with myself. All that was left was "am I glad it's over?" or "my score is going to be terrible" (spoiler alert: it was bad).
So here are 4 ways on how I dealt with my mental breakdowns and how you could too if you think you're going to shatter into pieces.
Take full deep breaths (x3)
Before you start bursting into a fit of rage and crying on the floor like Trisha Paytas on the kitchen floor, take 3 deep breathes to calm yourself down.
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Whenever I get mad, I would take deep breaths and calm myself down. For me, it took more than three deep breaths. Continue as you wish until you finally get back into reality.
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Write in a journal
Jot down everything that is on your mind. And I mean EVERYTHING. Just let everything down on paper and let your mind go to ace.
Even the reason why you're having a mental crisis or the emotions that you're feeling.
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Once you can't write anymore, then stop and take a look at the problem of why you're having a crisis.
What I noticed for me is that I'm less likely to stress when I keep a daily journal that I write in every day. I stopped journaling through my exams and that's why I started to get overwhelmed with my thoughts.
Take a break
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Yours could be different. You could hang out with classmates or employees. The more you work, the more you're going to get overwhelmed and end up having triple the mental breakdowns.
Talk to someone or a therapist
At the end of the day, talking about your feelings really helped. With my best friend being there for me, it made me release my emotions and feel a little bit better knowing that someone was there for me.
If you go to therapy, then that's more than the help that you need to get through with nervous breakdowns.
If you have no one to talk to, you could always try being anonymous and tweeting out your feelings or use an app called Talk Life (Android | Apple) which works the same way.
When you start having a mental breakdown, remember these tips and try them out to see which one calms you down. Or better, try them all out!
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