I found out that today is World Mental Health Day. Hopefully, today we take the time to be more aware of all of the mental illnesses that are out there – from anxiety to depression to eating disorders to bipolar disorder. And, there’s so many more out there that – some that many of us don’t even know unless we have a DSM on hand.
I hope today everyone reading this lets go of judging someone based on behavior and focus more on being more understanding on what they are going through. There are so many of us that judge what’s on the surface, and often, this creates a world of hate versus love.
Additionally, I hope today serves is to help those realize that making mental health a priority is just as important as making the physical one a priority. How many of us tried to practice self-care, or tried to take a moment, only to be told that you don’t need those five minutes to recharge? How many of us talk negatively to ourselves? Or, how many of us have had others take over and tell us that by taking those few minutes for ourselves that we are lazy and being selfish?
I’ve had that happen. And, it sucks.
Everyone is going through something – a divorce, a death or a disorder. Many of us often are stressed by the balance of daily life. And, we decided to put our mental health last. Which kind of sucks if you ask me.
Additionally, it’s important to remember one other thing: there’s nothing wrong or shameful with dealing with a disorder or using medication for a boost in balance. Why are we ashamed about it in the first place? Honestly, I have no idea. Let’s remove the stigmas that we have for those who are suffering, and focus on giving them love and support.
We all can do that, right?
So, with that being said, let’s try to focus on ourselves and our mental health. World Mental Health Day for me means that putting your mental health first no matter what anyone tells you. It means focusing on taking a moment to do yoga, or to sleep in on Saturdays instead of rising up early to get everything crossed off of the to-do list. It means talking to yourself positively, instead of negatively. After all, how many of us take the time to rest when having a cold? Many, right? Now, if we’re having a rough day, let’s take a moment to recharge. It’s not easy, this I know. But, I know we can get there.
With that being said, here is something that everyone needs to hear today, and remind themselves all of the time:
- You are worth it.
- It’s okay to take time out for you.
- Self care is not selfish.
- It’s okay to admit that you’re struggling.
- It’s okay to have feelings, and to cry.
- You are worth wonderful things.
- Although everything may not seem it, tomorrow will be better.
- You are beautiful just the way you are.
- You are loved.
- You are strong.
For me, putting my mental health first is crucial. Dealing with grief is isolating and confusing, and I know deep down that it is perfectly okay to take moments for myself to mourn, and to show emotion. It’s healthy. And, as long as I do my best, it’s more important than beating myself up for what I didn’t do. In honor of World Mental Health Day, I vow to put my mental health first to create a healthier life. I hope that you all do the same.