“Tough times never last, but tough people do!” — Robert Schuller
Mental Health Matters
What is mental health?
Mental health refers to emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act as we cope with life. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices while facing reality. Many individuals fail to discuss about this topic which causes people who are struggling with their mental health to lack in expressing their thoughts and feelings to someone they can trust. Sometimes, even talking about mental health makes people see it as attention seeking. Meanwhile, people die in silence everyday due to this judgement and then people finally say "I wish they spoke up". We live in a society that stigmatizes mental health but mourns suicide.
Someone suffering with their mental health could still smile, laugh, go to work/school, socialize, and say they're fine. Having it all doesn't eliminate someone from having a mental illness, sometimes it's invisible. If you're having a bad day, be extra gentle with yourself. You are not obligated to be perfectly fine, all of the time. Some days, it's simply allowing yourself to just 'be'. You're only human. Give yourself a break and be kind to yourself.
Signs that you might need a mental health break can be your sleep/nutrition has been poor, you feel overwhelmed and depleted, you haven't been able to enjoy things, you haven't had much time for yourself, you've had trouble focusing on things and so much more. If you are experiencing any of these, it's important for you to take a break and take care of yourself. Never be sorry for putting yourself first when it comes to your emotional and mental health.
I pray that you find happiness, not temporary happiness, or "if I pretend and put on a smile and laugh, maybe I'll be happy" kind of happiness, but long lasting real happiness. The kind of happiness that makes your face glow and lights up your soul. You deserve it.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and I hope you make yours a priority.