Monday, 8 May 2017

When it all gets too much... | #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

I know firsthand how it feels to get so overwhelmed by your own mind and feel trapped, scared and that there will be no end to the suffering and misery that is Mental Illness. I thought as a way to kind of take myself back down to Earth and just breathe for a moment, I would come up with some things to think about when it all gets a bit too much!


1) You are not alone.

I know this sounds cliché, but it is so true. With a statistic such as '1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental health problem', it's very easy to come to terms with the fact A LOT of us - at some point in our lives, one way or another - will experience a mental illness. 

2) You have people who love and care about you.

Although it may seem sometimes as the world is against you, I promise you they're not. You are dearly loved and cared about. People will worry about you and want to help. Sometimes others approach to mental health may come across as spiteful and patronising, but this is largely due to the fact that a lot of people simply don't know how to talk about it. That's why spreading awareness is SO important!!

3) Take a moment to remember how far you've come.

When I start to feel my mind spiraling out of control, I try to rationalise in my head why I should be proud of how far I've come. Even though I am nowhere near where I want or need to be, I have made some progress over the years. You must remember this yourself. Recovery is not linear at all. You will have slip ups and relapses and will feel like a failure. However, these small bumps in the road are just a tiny part of recovering from or learning to manage your mental illness. 

4) Self care.

I cannot stress how important this is! I know a lot of the time you won't even want to get out of bed, let alone do something nice for yourself. But it could be anything, from the smallest thing such as have a hot chocolate (with EXTRA marshmallows!), to taking yourself to another country! It's almost too easy to feel as though we don't deserve such luxuries and to have nice things, but we all do! Little pick me ups and special treats help make us feel a bit more 'normal' and make a nice change from a constant grey sky!

5) It gets better.

I started with a cliché, and I'm ending with one! Double whammy!! This is the most used saying in the book regarding mental illness, but I do believe it's true. Even if at times I cannot see the end of my suffering and pain, there is ALWAYS a small part of me that burns with hope that things will improve. Storms pass, rain eventually stops and snow settles and then melts away! How you are feeling is not permanent. Our main priority should to always remember these three words and throughout the day, when you're having a bad moment, repeat it in your head. The more you say this to yourself and the more you think about how these thoughts and feelings won't last forever, I do think the more you'll start to believe it! 


I hope these 5 things helped in some way! I am planning to post a new blog every day during #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek so make sure to follow me on Twitter so keep up to date!


If you are feeling at risk to yourself or others, seek immediate help from a doctor, teacher, family member or friend. If these are unrealistic options, here are a few things that could be useful:

Samaritans (24 hours, 7 days a week).
Phone: 116 123
Website

SANE (National out-of-hours helpline, every day 4.30pm - 10.30pm)
Phone: 0300 304 7000
Website

NHS list of Mental Health helplines
http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/mental-health-helplines.aspx


Stay safe!
xo



2 comments:

  1. Such a good and well needed post. Many people who suffer from mental illness of any kind often feel like they are alone in the way they feel which is not true we need to find away for people to talk about this subject in and open and honest way and not feel judged for it or that people thing that they need to be in a straight jacket which is just stupid!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading! :) I agree completely! Too often those with mental illness are labelled as 'crazy' which needs to stop! But with more and more of us talking and spreading awareness we can end the stigma attached to mental health issues together!

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