I was not really taught about mental health issues through my childhood. It was not a big subject at school, at home, or in public. Even though awareness about mental health issues are slowly improving, there is still that tension. That sense that the topic of mental health is a taboo and should be avoided in conversation.
I learnt about mental health by myself. I learnt through the experiences of loved ones, the media and of course, myself. I suffer from severe anxiety and it is something that I have to deal with on a daily basis. Like many people who suffer from a range of mental health issues, I have had to cope with negative comments and stigma. I find it easy to help other people with the issues that they are going through, but when it comes to my own, I become nervous, quiet and can sometimes get very upset. Stigma has caused me to react like that when it comes to talking about my own issues.
It wasn’t until 2 months ago that I asked for help. In one week, I had several breakdowns, pushed away those who cared and felt extremely alone, even though I understood that people cared about me and my health. I was very concerned about my mental health, as were other people. 2 days after one of my anxiety attacks, I went to my GP (Who was very lovely) and he is currently trying to get me professional help. I started my own blog to not only to keep my writing and English skills tip top/ connect with other people, but also to give me another path of self-help/care.
I have dealt with generalised anxiety for as long as I can remember, but it has just become worse and worse in the past few years. I have a tendency to have panic attacks, become extremely emotional over the paranoia that I get that something is going to go wrong and the majority of the time, I feel ridiculously anxious over nothing. Gosh, I cannot remember what feeling calm feels like! I also become extremely tired very easily and quickly because I am always like a rabbit in headlights. Stigma and patronising comments do not help a person who is suffering from a mental health issue, it makes people lose confidence and less likely to speak to someone about what is going on.
Here are some suggestions of things you can do if you are struggling:
- Speak to someone you trust about what you are going through and how you are feeling.
- Visit your GP and ask for help- Remember, don’t let them brush you off!! Metaphorically fight for help for you mental health.
- Self Care- This can be anything you want it to be: Treating yourself to nice things, meditation, keeping yourself busy with hobbies and interests you enjoy. Give yourself some love!
- Healing crystals and gems- Wearing/ holding crystals and gems have been said to help relieve stress, as well as helping those with mental health issues. I am currently trying to find myself some as I believe in spirituality and to be honest, I won’t know if it works or not until I try. Some people are not into this method, but if you feel like giving it a try, go ahead!
Regarding stigma, fight back with love for not only other people, but other people. Not everyone understands what living with a mental disorder is like and the world’s acceptance is getting better, but there is still a bit to go. Just focus on yourself and those who are there to support you.
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Thank you so much and thank you to Chenai for allowing me to do a guest post on her blog!
Much love, Rhi. X