The prompt for Blogtober18 today is, Just Be Yourself #Mental Health Awareness Day.
My daughter saw on the television this morning that it was Mental Health Awareness Day and said that they would probably talk about mental health at school today. I replied that it was good to talk about it as everyone’s mental health was important. She looked confused for a while and then asked, “does everyone have mental health then?”
Then it was my turn to look a little confused but I soon cottoned on. She was taking the term mental health as meaning that something was wrong. It’s true that a lot of us don’t think about our mental health until something goes wrong with it.
I explained to her that everyone has mental health just like they have physical health and that they both need taking care of because they can both get sick sometimes. If you get sick physically you seek help from a doctor or the pharmacy, or maybe you just take extra care of yourself until you feel better. It’s the same with mental health, if things don’t feel right then you should seek help and possibly treatment just like with your physical health.
Keeping Well Mentally
We all try to take care of our physical health but do we take as much care over our mental health. Sadly, a lot of us don’t, but it’s not so difficult to do. Self care is really important, especially when professional care when something goes wrong is so difficult to get.
So how do you take care of your mental health?
- The first thing you should do is talk about your feelings. Find someone who is prepared to listen and connect.
- Look after yourself physically, get some more exercise or just fresh air occasionally
- Eat well and moderate your alcohol intake.
- Be more mindful, take time just to be in the moment, not thinking about the past or the future.
- Find something new to learn, or even do some puzzles or crosswords. Give your mind something else to concentrate on.
- Reach out and care for someone else, it can boost your self esteem and create a closer connection.
If you do feel your mental health is suffering then seek help. If you were physically ill you’d ask for help, it’s just the same, it’s your health.
No one walks in anyone else’s shoes. Judging when you don’t know the full story is the worst you can do.
It’s not only the ones with mental health issues but their families that suffer. People tend to hide mental health issues, find them difficult to talk to, particularly if they are the carer. Life can be difficult and awkward but they may feel less inclined to talk or explain why.
Everyone deserves to be treated with kindness, no one should be judged
If you feel you have a poorly mental health then please find some help, even if it’s just someone to talk to.
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