It appears that in this day and age: if you appear confident and self assured, you’re arrogant, but if you put yourself down, you’re trying to get attention or faking modesty.
It’s a truly disturbing world that we live in, everyday we are faced with all kinds of tragedy, illness, death and suffering surrounds us, and it’s okay to put on a brave face, deal with what you can, but it’s so so important to make sure that you’re truly alright, and indulge in some self care. Whether it’s making a cuppa and having five minutes to read the paper, or having an extravagant shopping trip, there is absolutely nothing wrong with giving yourself a break, daily. Yes, daily.
Exhaustion, stress and not giving yourself that break you need is a disastrous and problematic road, which can lead to problems as severe as depression and breakdowns. The NHS use express that ‘1 in 4’ will suffer from some mental health problem (with ranging severity of course), and if that isn’t enough to scare you then i really don’t know what will. We’re trying to reduce the stigma and ‘normalise’ mental illness, with such large stats, we’ll all know someone who suffers with a diagnosis of some sort, but what I think is just as, if not more, important is the prevention of illness. By acting on irrational and disturbing thoughts early on it is much easier to combat; picking yourself up after a long day is easier than trying to leave the house after staying in for weeks on end.
By no means am I saying that mental illnesses are entirely caused by our mindsets or lack of self care: there are countless biological studies and environmental factors which are embedded into these, but you cannot say that how a person perceives themselves doesn’t play a part. We all need to look after ourselves and see the warning signs before things develop.
Tonight on the #gbloggers twitter chat, we discussed what we do to treat ourselves, it doesn’t have to be anything massive, just little bits of self care can really help you to unwind and give you something to look forward to.
The struggle for an ideal mental wellbeing plays such a large part of my own life, and especially those around me, my day often involves trying to help those closest to me deal with derogatory or even suicidal thoughts. Every day brings a new challenge, but I wouldn’t change anything for the world, I love my family and friends more than words can describe and I truly don’t think I would be here today without them. This said, I wouldn’t wish mental health struggle on anyone: you cannot run from your mind, or your thoughts: a hard thing for many of us to realise.
I’m nothing special, I’m not asking for a medal, or any recognition, but all I want is for you to keep yourself happy and healthy. If you aren’t, try to find out what the problem and change it. The world can’t change its ways, but you can change yours. Look after yourself.