Awareness of the physical symptoms
In high school, I used to get horrible stomach ulcers and headaches which were the result of my uncontrolled anxiety. I think that is when I realized the importance of holistic health and glad I had a mental health professional that focused on it. Mental illness can manifest physically and sometimes it takes physical pain for us to realize something is wrong. I know sometimes I can get caught up in life, wonder why I’m dragging through the week, and realize I’m having a depressive episode. Same with hypomania where I work 11 hour days, 2-3 hour sessions at the gym and still can’t sleep at night. Self-awareness will always be key in managing a mental illness.