Lets Talk About Mental Health:
One major thing people tend to overlook about themselves is their mental health. A lot of individuals typically feel like they don’t have time to concentrate on themselves at all due to work or school or familial duties. Tough situations, in general, can make it hard to find the time to think and process your feelings and emotions, I get it. But it’s crucial to know that you absolutely can. If all else fails, you MAKE time to let yourself breathe. Sometimes that’s all you need to get the ball rolling.
My struggle with social anxiety started around the time I turned thirteen. For years I felt isolated and like no one understood me. I withdrew from my family and began pushing away anyone that tried to be friends with me. I was in a dark place for a long time. Then one night, I just lied down on my bed and asked myself “why are you so stressed?” I won’t go into detail but in just a few minutes of reflecting I was able to write down a list of all the things that were eating away at me at the time.
That evening I reached out to a good friend of mine, and he helped me come up with a plan to do something about it. I started seeing a therapist and eventually started taking a medication that helped slow my thoughts down and quieted the world. It was scary at the time being diagnosed with a mental illness. But looking back and realizing that I have a name to put to my feelings and that it’s not my fault I am the way that I am, I know it was one of the best decisions of my life.
How Does Anxiety Effect your Mental Health?
Anxiety is a nervous disorder categorized by a near constant state of fear and worries, frequently accompanied by compulsive or obsessive actions and panic attacks. It’s one of the most debilitating forms of mental illnesses, as it can keep you from doing even the smallest of activities.
For example, a few years ago I cried because I couldn’t bring myself to ask a store employee to help me find out the price of an unmarked item in a grocery store. Even so, the most important thing to remember about any mental illness is that it’s not the be-all-end-all of your life. Even with all the racing intrusive thoughts, fatigue, insomnia and myriad of other symptoms that come with anxiety, you don’t have to let it control your life.
If you feel safe to do so, try talking to someone you trust like a family member or a friend. Support groups are also a fantastic option. Talking with others and just getting your feelings out or hearing others speak, can be an amazing experience. It helps you to realize you aren’t alone. In this day and age of technology, there are even apps out there you can get on your smartphone that let you connect with millions of other people who are going through the same things you are with varying levels of anonymity.
At the end of the day, the first step you have to take is acknowledging that you
might have a mental illness. If you do, ignore the lingering stigma and tell yourself it’s okay. If you ignore it and push it down in a bottle because you’re afraid of what people will think of you, it will most likely just get worse as the years go by. I hope this article has helped you in some way. Try to stay positive!