If you are going through a though time mentally and emotionally you're not alone.
Life is like a double-edged sword, in good times a blade can be your best friend as it is a tool to defend yourself with but in trying times a sword can do you more harm than good. If there is ever a more testing time to one's mental well being, it is right now during the Covid 19 pandemic and the Christmas season. The other day, I was writing a new chapter for my book For Lie For Me and could help but start thinking about mental health.
When it comes to mental well-being, we still have a long way to go due to people's perception of mental health. Even though we are actively taking steps to address those biases towards mental health. It is easy to think that most countries in the world take issues like mental health seriously & that the general population no longer holds prejudice towards mental well being. However, that is not the case people still hold some bias towards mental health. When we hear that someone is having a mental health issue, we instantly think that they are crazy thanks to popular culture. That image that we have of a person suffering from a mental health issue is strengthened through the movies, music, news we watch.
It is not okay to plaster a fake smile on your face and pretend everything is great when it's not. When you suppress your emotions, you do yourself more harm than good, especially to your mental health. Personally, I have witnessed what can happen when people don't address the elephant in the room. It is okay not to be okay. Seeking help from a mental health system is not only for people who are suffering from mental health issues like schizophrenia, depression and anxiety. The Mental health system is for all people from all different walks of life. Seeking help for your mental well being doesn't make you a screw up or less of an upstanding person. Getting access to the mental health system, not only helps you, it helps your family and friends as well and gives you a new perspective on your life.
I am aware that there are people who don't have access to mental health resources due to geographical locations, lack of funds and support. In case you don't have access to any mental health resources. May I suggest something that helped me, journaling or getting in touch with me I am always happy to talk. Writing down your feelings and thoughts can do wonders for your mental health. When you put your thoughts on paper, you're reliving your mind of what is bothering you.