Every year, we celebrate world Mental Health Day. It’s a day when around the world, it is marked with different events, appeals and information regarding mental health. This year marked its 25th anniversary.
For a long time now, there’s a perception if someone opens up about how they feel, its normally seen that the person has struggled with life or that they’re weak. There’s also the belief that they should ‘man up’ and fight another day. In the papers, in the news and even from some high profile celebrities; they’ve also been guilty of using the phrased ‘man up’ to knock those who open up and show or say how they’re feeling.
Telling someone to ‘man up’ can do more damage than doing good because what it does, is it forces people to bottle up their emotions and leaves themselves at risk of harm. Speaking from personal experience, its never a positive thing to not talk about your feelings and emotions. In the media, we have seen some high profile casualties to mental health and the one thing that everyone says is – ‘I never knew’
Mental health is not easily detected, you can’t determine whether it will happen or not. It’s clever at being hidden too which makes it even more vital that if you’re going through something that you must try to open up about how you feel.
Below I will give you some tips on how to main a positive mind and share what to do when you do feel low.
- Keep a journal: Keeping a journal is vital so that you can write down how you feel on a daily basis. What’s gone well, what hasn’t gone well and describing other elements of your feelings.
- Book a date: During the week, always try and sit down with someone you cherish and talk about how feel or do something positive I.e. go for a walk in the park, have coffee, go and watch a film.
- Take time out: At the moment you start feeling exhausted, take some time out and have a break so you can recover.
- Be part of a community: It’s never good to be alone when you are feeling low or down. It’s always good to have a support network or be apart of a community which is there to support you and be with you every step of the way
If you are suffering from mental illness in any form, it can be a long and daunting journey but there’s people who are willing to listen to you and support you on every stage of your journey. It can be a difficult thing to open up but in the long run you will find that you will feel much better.
There are also several organisations that are committed to seeing a change in mental health and will be happy to help. One organisation is called Mind and they are one of the world’s leading mental health organisations.
If you would like someone to talk to your GP, a local counsellor of your family or friends are always great options to consider.
For those that are giving support here are a few pointers….
- Give them your undivided attention
- Don’t judge them
- Unless it’s necessary, keep it confidential
- Build their trust by honouring your word
- Be committed to the process.
Open up, talk to someone today…………..
W| By Ryan Osborne @Ryan_Ozzie