It's World Mental Health Day today so I thought I'd write a little something up as I'm a strong believer in treating your head right. Mental health is something I feel very strongly about, although I think personally I'm very lucky to have very good mental health, but I really do try to look after myself and my mind. I totally understand how the black dog can affect us all, and how it can be extremely hard to shoo off.
I'm a very busy chap and like everyone else I do get stressed often with work, the busy everyday things life throws at us, relationships, money, traffic, all the regular little things that build up and turn into big things, very big things and this is something that everyone will worry about about and have to deal with in their life at some point or another, I've also had my fair share of "humongous things" chucked at me as well, just like everyone else, I've witnessed loved ones pass and seen people I care for so much battling with depression and anxiety, and not being able to help anymore than I already have. I think that's why I feel so passionately about it, I like helping.
For me personally, to compete with the busy life I lead I try to exercise often especially swimming, I love a daily swim to start my day!! Yoga, meditation and plenty of sleep (when I can!), regular massage, acupuncture and Reiki, cold showers give me a proper buzz and I love good food! This is starting to sound like an ad in the lonely hearts column ha!
I think the point I'm trying to make with this post is that I think it's amazing to see people talk openly about mental health, this is something I've never seen talked about so openly before, I see friends opening up on social media followed by positive comments from their friends, comments from other friends suffering with the same things, offering advice and things that seem to help them and and I think it's just beautiful. It makes you realise how common mental health issues are and that there's nothing to be ashamed of by talking about it, in fact talking about it is the first and best thing that can be done to help tackle it, manage it and beat it.
If you're struggling with mental health or really worried about a loved one please check out the official website for World Mental Health Day and their help links here:
If I can help in anyway then feel free to ping me an email also! - firstname.lastname@example.org
The mind is absolutely amazing, let's look after it.