October 10th is observed as World Mental Health Day. If there is a better day to educate yourself on the importance of Mental Health it is today. The best way to raise awareness on Mental Health is to talk about it. Have open communication with those around you regarding the highs and lows of Mental Health. I feel a type of joy when someone asks me questions regarding Mental Health. It gives me hope that this world will not be so close minded when it comes to it. There are so many individuals who suffer from Mental Health concerns today and twice as many people who just avoid recognizing it as an illness. As if you are just making it up and it is all in your head.
Days like today give people a reason to talk about something that should be talked about on a regular basis anyways. It opens the eyes of many who are normally ignoring the issue. Everyone deals with depression or anxiety but just to different extents. However, if you do not acknowledge and take care of your Mental Health, it will only get worse and eat at you.
Life is already short, why make it shorter?
It has been shown in studies that issues such as Depression have caused people to also develop physical problems as well. Connections are being made between the two in recent studies. This has not surprised me one bit. Ever since the day I felt extremely depressed, I almost felt paralyzed. I was sick to my stomach and wanted to just disappear. This caused my muscles to ache and increased fatigue. The connection between Mental and Physical is something so evident, especially for those who suffer deeply.
Ignorance is not okay.
I think the biggest problem we face especially with the older generations is that they refuse to believe it exists. Even though many of them are depressed or anxious, they refuse to believe their sadness has a name. They do not want to acknowledge that it could be something so much more serious than a bad day. People lose motivation to live because of Mental Health. How are others choosing to still ignore that? They say ignorance is bliss, but I just believe ignorance kills.
What are you going to do about all this?
Change starts from you. If you want to create change, then you have to go out there and take action. The easiest way to do that with Mental Health is to keep the conversation going. Talk about it, be open about it and be sensitive to it. If you are not sure how to address an issue, or have a question/concern about a topic related to. JUST ASK! Do not leave it sitting there inside you. You never know who else around you is wondering the same thing! Just start the conversation. If you ever feel like you have any questions/thoughts, feel free to contact me either through my contact form, or Instagram.
Want to volunteer and be part of the action in a larger way? Choose to look into local organizations that work with Mental Health. Some Canadian examples: Canadian Mental Health Association, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Stella’s Place, etc. Feel free to comment below if you have any other organizations that are taking huge action that people should check out.
Some quotes that resonate with me forever…
I am not sure about you but I find reading quotes helps me out a lot. It reminds me that someone else understands me and I am not the ONLY person with my feelings. I collected a few that have resonated with me for a long time to share with you. I hope you enjoy them. Feel free to comment below with any quotes that help you out on a rainy day.
“Sometimes it is okay if the only thing you did today was breathe.”
“Your mental health is more important than the test, the interview, the lunch date, the meeting, the family dinner, the soccer game, the recital, and the grocery run. Take care of yourself first.”
“You can’t go back and change the beginning but you can start where you are and change the ending.” -C.S. Lewis
“Those mountains that you are carrying, you were only supposed to climb.” – Najwa Zebian
“I am proud of the woman I am because I went through one hell of a time becoming her.”
“Some days, I feel everything at once. Other days, I feel nothing at all. I don’t know what’s worse: drowning beneath the waves or dying from the thirst.”
“It doesn’t happen all at once, you know? You lose a piece here. You lose a piece there – You slip, stumble, and adjust your grip. A few more broken pieces fall. It happens so slowly, you don’t even realize you are broken…until you already are.” – Grace Durbin
“Depression isn’t always at 3am. Sometimes it happens at 3pm, while you are with friends and you are halfway through a laugh.”
“I know this transformation is painful, but you’re not falling apart, you’re just falling into something different, with a new capacity to be beautiful.” – William C. Hannan
“Your healing is about you. It doesn’t need a stamp of approval. Don’t worry about how long it takes or how ugly it may seem. It’s about you.”
“Sometimes the people around you won’t understand your journey. They don’t need to, it’s not for them.” – Joubert Botha
“Storms make trees take deeper roots.” – Dolly Parton
I hope you enjoyed my post today. I hope it even sparks one conversation on mental health.
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