Let’s speak up about mental health – freely, without stigma or fear of judgement. Let me tell you this from the beginning – we were all born to shine and sometimes our flame gets low and it dwindles, the wind and the rain places pressure on us to burn out, but we don’t. Why? because we’re a never give up kind of race – and you’re part of that too.
You might feel like giving up and that’s okay – but always remember those are just feelings. Our truth is a result of how we perceive our own feelings. We can work things out – I truly believe that no problem exists without a solution, and if you are having trouble envisioning the solution right now, I urge you to speak to someone and ask them for a hand of support – a friend, a family member, a psychologist, whichever you choose. It’s never weak to speak, in fact it’s one of the strongest realisations that can change a person’s life for the better.
As humans we are capable of overcoming sadness, loss and frustration alone, however it helps to be part of a community that cares. Let’s say for example, someone passes away – the whole community mourns, not just us alone – everyone feels the sadness, some more so than others mainly due to their closeness with the dearly departed. These struggles often pass over time but when they don’t, that’s when we need to reach out for support.
When we talk, our voice might tremble, we may struggle to get the words out but keep pushing on.
There’s a million things you could do to help yourself, like getting your thoughts out on a page or singing them out loud or even reading about topics surrounding your feelings. But, what I guarantee you is that there will always be someone to support you if you have the courage to ask. It’s scary to talk about these issues when people think things are okay. When we talk, our voice might tremble, we may struggle to get the words out but keep pushing on. Speak up about your mental health even when it makes your voice shake.
Speak up about your mental health even when it makes your voice shake.
We need not make a big deal out of our mental struggles, but see them with the same due diligence we would a broken arm or leg. It’s simply getting to the source of your anxiety, depression or obstacle – receiving advice from someone with experience or someone that can provide an outside perspective, and taking action based on what you hear.
Most of the time it’s as simple as that. Being open with someone, so that they can direct you. Often when we struggle through mental battles our thoughts can become irrational and what may seem like a correct decision to us is actually in truth detrimental to our well-being. We just need to talk with someone that’s got things sorted out a bit more than we do right now. And the beauty of it is that one day you might be doing the same for that person because circumstances change, life throws unexpected curveballs at us and we sometimes struggle to keep up and respond.
There is light as the end of the tunnel, as cliché as it may sound, but that’s the honest truth. Just remember that improving yourself now after facing such struggles will make you a better supporter for others when they face a time of need such as yours.
Much love, always.
~ A.M, 2018