“I had this urge to feel accepted by others that I started to doubt myself, whether everything I was doing was making a difference. I still felt I couldn’t share my true feelings with anyone.
“I was struggling to balance this hectic life I built for myself with the quiet life that I desperately needed in order to wind-down once in a while. I contacted ABS for support. It was all dealt with so quickly, within a matter of days. I was booked to have Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) sessions and general counselling sessions.
“Since then, I have started to identify the triggers that could affect my mood. I have changed my lifestyle so that I incorporate trips to the gym to improve my physical health, and I do meditation every night before going to bed. My sleep has improved as a result, and I make sure I plan my days better so that I don’t overwhelm myself too much. I keep a very good balance between work and social; making time to network with my colleagues and professionals, as well as my friends and family. I continue to be an ABS ambassador, a Wellbeing Ambassador at work, and a Mental Health First Aider. I believe in the work that ABS does and would encourage others to not be afraid to admit when something is not OK. It will take time, but small steps can lead to a bigger chance of self-acceptance and, most importantly, happiness.”