When I learned that singer Michelle Williams had voluntarily checked herself into a mental health facility. I was happy for her for two reasons. First, in recent weeks we have been hearing stories of celebrities who have lost their battle with mental illness. Her story was the opposite of what we have been seeing in recent weeks. Second, in my opinion she is so in tune with herself and her needs that she knows when to stop and ask for help. This was a commendable and courageous act on her part. This really got me thinking. I see a lot of posts on social media that promote self-care, and self-love. But what do those things really look like? My idea of self-care and self-love will vary greatly from the person next to me.
Michelle’s story was a reminder to me that the ultimate form of self-love and self-care is getting to know yourself, and your illness so intimately to the point that you know when you must stop, acknowledge that you are not well and get help. I have said this before and I will say it again, dealing with a mental health disorder is no walk in the park. However, mental illnesses can be managed with the correct tools and support systems in place. Let this story be a lesson. Get to know yourself and your illness so that you can make the best choices for your care.