Today is mental health awareness day. Tomorrow is just another day where mental health can go unnoticed. I hope these awareness days do raise awareness for longer than a day; I suffer with mental ill health at times, I have to work hard sometimes to stay well. Most people are cool about it, others are not. Here are 3 of the best (least helpful) BS ideas about mental health I’ve come across…
#1 Taking medication is an easy option. Say that again out loud, nice and slow while thinking about a diabetic or someone with epilepsy… if medication works and helps you feel better then take it.
#2 There are plenty of people worse off than you. Yes, we know. That doesn’t make my pain or your pain any less debilitating.
#3 Have you tried…. [insert here any unsolicited advice] chances are if I’m telling you about something I don’t want advice, I want you to listen. I know that’s super uncomfortable seeing someone you care about unhappy and feeling like you’re not doing anything but you are .. the time to give advice is when the person asks for it.
On that note, I’m not going to give any advice on getting better, I’ll tell you what works for me, in no particular order
#1 exercise any sort really depending on how much energy I have
#2 creating something, anything. Cooking, drawing, knitting, playing music, even if it only works while I’m doing it.
#3 medication – prescription
#5 naming – identifying out loud to myself the feeling(s) that are swamping me.
#6 quality sleep
What do you find helpful? ❤️🙏🏼