We need to talk…

What a day today has been! There’s been a real buzz in the air around mental health, all in aid of World Mental Health Day. It’s been nice and somewhat surreal to hear all of these conversations happening around me.

By starting these conversations and creating awareness of mental health, we can help to make sure that everyone has someone to talk to and somewhere to turn when things get too much. We’ve made really good headway with the awareness raised and conversations started today, let’s keep it going…

Let’s make sure that we are looking after number 1 – by making sure we are taking time out to look after ourselves and really think about our own mental health. Whether it’s a simple bubble bath and a good book, or a long walk in the country that will help you to unwind, try to make time and get back in touch with yourself, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

We all have mental health, whether it’s good or bad, and 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health condition throughout our lifetime. It’s important that we take care of ourselves to help us get the most from life.

What are you really good at? Do that! – It’s proven that doing something you’re good at and you enjoy will boost your mood and self-esteem.

With some good friends? Talk about it! – Spark up a conversation; you can divulge as much or as little as you like, but everyone has mental health and with 1 in 4 people experiencing some form of anxiety and/or depression, it’s very likely that everyone will have something to say on the subject.

Need a time out? Take it! – In a world that has become so fast paced, it’s no wonder that so many of us have been swept away into a whirlwind lifestyle. We seem to be busy all of the time, seemingly, without time to do the things we truly enjoy and love. We miss out on so many of the little things in life because we very rarely switch off from our everyday routines and stresses. Taking a time out will really help you to refocus and might even make your life that little bit easier.

Need help? Ask for it. – It’s perhaps the hardest form of self care, to ask for help. But it’s important that we recognise when we need that little bit of an extra helping hand. It might mean a visit to the GP, a call to a helpline or just a chat over a brew with a loved one. You’re not a burden or a failure for asking for a little extra support, in fact, you’re quite the opposite!

Make some time and make a plan. What are you going to do going forward to look after yourself?

Whilst it’s important to look after ourselves, it’s also important that we look after those around us. Start a conversation, smile at strangers, pay it forward – be mindful.

Stay with me here.

The ‘This is me’ bit…

I’m 25 and I’m from Kent. I love musicals, sausage dogs and hedgehogs, I always wear funky socks and I am a self confessed Pinterest addict.

More to the point of me starting this blog, I am an anxiety, depression and panic sufferer. I have been for as long as I can remember.

Through my experiences, I’ve learnt just how important it is to talk about mental health and take the time out to look after ourselves. There’s still a big stigma around mental health, and I can understand why – it’s misunderstood. The only way that we are going to beat it is through education. That’s why I’ve started this blog, I aim to educate and share my story to really change the attitude towards ill mental health.

It’s not easy to talk about these things, but my goodness can you reap in the rewards afterwards.

Over the years I have lost lots of people in my life, but I have also gained lots of friends who really mean the world to me. Rather unexpectedly, some of my closest friends were met through starting a simple conversation about our experiences with mental health.

1 in 4 adults will suffer from a mental health condition of some sort during their life time. 

Whether you are one of these people or not, I really do urge you to stay with me and read my story. I want to educate, I want to relate and I want to learn.

I hope to post regularly with different parts of my experience and focus on anything that may pop up from you guys along the way.

Stay with me here.