As it is Mental Health Awareness Week, I thought there was no better time to talk about the importance of keeping our minds happy and healthy. Especially now as we are slowly getting back to our old lives.
The theme for this year's Mental Health Awareness Week is kindness. Ever since we are born, we are taught to be kind, but somehow, as life takes different turns, it can be difficult to remember the importance of being kind. I think it is meaningful to remind ourselves that we don't always know what's going on in someone's head and showing them some kindness can go a really long way.
As time has gone on, there is less of a stigma surrounding mental health, however, it can still be difficult subject to talk about. When it comes to physical health, people understand how it feels because everyone has experienced it at some point in their lives, but mental health issues can feel different for each person, so we think that no one can understand how we feel. There is no shame in admitting to this and there should never be.
Stress and Anxiety
Stress and anxiety is something that everyone can suffer with throughout their life. Stress is the response to a difficult circumstance, while anxiety is the reaction to that stress. Both are tough to deal with, and come out in different ways for everyone. Knowing how to handle it is an ongoing battle that can last forever, but finding certain ways to cope (however silly they may seem) helps to ease it.
Knowing that there are places and other people who know exactly what you're going through helps to feel understood. There are plenty of websites and places to go when you feel overwhelmed. Whenever I feel like being happy is a long way away, I go onto these websites and also read about other people talking about the way they feel. Some good websites to visit are; NHS, Mind, and I Don't Mind
Staying connected to friends and family can be hard to do when you're struggling, but whether it be a text or even seeing someone face to face, knowing you're not alone (no matter how lonely you feel) is important. Also, making sure that you are talking to the right people is key. There may be lots of friends and family member in your life, but having a select few to talk to, who understand what you need, are the best.