Mental Health Illness has no face: This is something I say often, and when I further examine such a statement, I see two meanings. The first; is that anyone can be affected regardless of who they are or what they look like. The second and not so obvious; is from the perspective of mental health itself. It’s hard to describe or put into a box, it disguises in many different cloaks, hides away for seasons and is somewhat a shape shifter in that it can manifest itself in different ways within different people. For the benefit of this piece, I’d like to discuss the topic of Depression. You’ll notice in the title of this article my use of the term ‘The Sunken Place’. After watching the movie ‘Get Out’, I found some words to closer describe the feeling of depression that lingers within my own life, and indeed it is like sinking into a hole within myself.
Whether it is unconstructive habits, relationships, friendships or destructive commitments, there comes a time in life where in order for us to grow and step into our new self, we must let go. Letting go isn’t always easy as our branches get accustomed to holding onto seasonal plants and fruits, however, as the seasons change, the holding onto of out of season harvest can prevent and delay our new season and potential for new growth. Many times in life we come to points where we feel heavy, weighed down and overwhelmed by the plethora of commitments that we periodically carry. In these moments it is essential that we check ourselves and do somewhat of a life audit, filing the accounts of our wellbeing. The essentiality of this task is an understatement when we consider how quickly we habitually conform to unhealthy patterns of life.
Many people struggle with living and working. In this very constant quest to move up the ladder, fit into society and secure financial security, we often neglect the very life we currently have.
At different junctions of our lives we have questions about where we are, what we have achieved and where we are going. In these moments emotions such as doubt, disappointment and inferiority set in and can have us feeling morally defeated. The innate sense of helplessness saturates our domain and all that once seemed hopeful now resembles the inner shell of a dormant volcano. We want to explode but instead we afflict ourselves further, by further emphasising how much of a failure we are, and we then limit our existence down to a few life experiences. Usually negative ones.
Sometimes in life we get so down about the lack of belief from others in our corner. The continual desire to be appreciated and supported on our journey is a fundamental part of the risks we take, the choices we make and the pursuit of our own dreams. Continue Reading