Mental health has always been a hot topic on the internet and generally in life. But due to the recent coronavirus pandemic it has become even more talked about, and rightly so. People are suffering even more than before, and people are finding it really difficult to get the help they need. The usual facilities or help lines are closed and people have been left jobless, even homeless with mental health problems. Yes we are currently experiencing a global pandemic of COVID, but I think we are also on the brink of a mental health pandemic too.
As many of you know I suffer with anxiety and have done for a while now. It’s something I’m quite open to talk about. I’m not ashamed nor am I afraid of it anymore. Today I really felt like we should talk about mental health and everything that comes with it. I want this to be a safe space where we can talk about how we are doing or what extra support we need. So let’s start the discussion!
MENTAL HEALTH IS NOT BLACK AND WHITE
Mental health has never been easy to understand. It’s our brains, of course it’s going to be complicated and complex to understand. The anxiety I suffer isn’t going to be the same kind of anxiety that you experience. And thats what makes it so complicated. It’s not one single experience that we all go through.
I learn new things about Mental Health conditions on a regular basis, I learn through my own experiences and the experiences others share with me. No two days are the same. It’s like having an unpredictable friend. You aren’t sure what’s going to happen next or what they’ll say next. It really keeps you on your toes!
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IT DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE
Mental health illnesses don’t care who you are, what gender you are, what race or religion you are, what sexual orientation you are. It does not care about who you are as a person. Mental illness will be there with you no matter what. Thats the scary thing about mental health for me. It can happen so randomly and out of the blue. And it can happen to anyone.
Some days are harder than others. Some days I feel like laying in bed all day or not doing anything. And then some days I feel energised and positive and ready for life. There have been times where I have had public panic attacks and then had to go home from work. It can make you feel defeated and that your mental illness has won.
It’s a constant battle between you and the illness.
IT CAN BE POSITIVE
This might seem as a weird thing to say, but I have found that without my anxiety I wouldn’t be the person I am today. It’s actually encouraged and inspired me to become better. There are days where I show my anxiety who is boss and I take the reins. And just doing that makes me feel in control and positive. I’ll admit though, its not all sunshine and roses but I think we need those hard times to appreciate the good.
I know people who have mental illnesses and they say how it’s the best thing that could have happened to them. It’s allowed them to push through and gain confidence in their own abilities.
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How do you combat your mental health issues?
Have you found it harder on your mental health during the pandemic?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this topic. I feel like a mental health post was needed due to the current events worldwide. We need to remember to support and love one another as much as we can.