One month ago I went on a Facebook fast for personal reasons. It’s been a great experience where I have cleared my head and focused on other areas of expression like my blog. I remain connected on Twitter and Instagram. I don’t regret leaving one bit, but I know a return is in sight sometime in the future. So far so good though and I’ll go back when I am good and ready. Until then, steady on as they say.
The best way to help others in their struggles with mental health is to simply ask how they are doing. Listening and being present is a great way to be there when things are tough. Best of all it doesn’t cost you anything other than a little time and maybe a cup of coffee. If you see someone struggling, say something and let them know they are never going to be alone. If you are struggling ask for help. It might be hard but its worth it.
Mental health is linked to physical health in so many ways. It’s important to take care of yourself holistically because the world is a tough place to cope with.
For me in this season of life, grief is a part of that mental and spiritual health piece you cannot ignore. Losing a loved one can impact your whole being. The emotional response to loss is very individual and sorting it all out takes time.
Getting help and support can make the difference. Don’t go through the tough times alone. Plenty of people who have gone through times of illness can guide you through. Of course taking care of self is important too. Whether it be a doctor or counselor or clergy person there are resources out there when you need it.
Working on being well makes life worth living.
As I have mourned the death of my dad it’s made me further aware of how mental health is important and that loss has an impact on it. Hiding what hurts can seriously make life very difficult and can make you physically sick. Expressing and releasing is healthy and can help others who are going through the same stuff you are.
If one is suffering then seeking help can make life easier to manage. Don’t struggle on your own. Be kind to your heart and mind.
A group from my church are exploring mental health and supporting one another in those situations where life gets too much. Having resources and compassion can help a great deal. Across the blogosphere much is written about the subject and I will admit I don’t know it all but from my experience admitting you have a problem, getting help and even medication can help you through the tough times.
Personally I am dealing with depression so I am coping the best I can. There is way more to it I know but you know support and understanding is important. Bring those into the fold who suffer and make time to help and get help. This is the first I will post on this issue as I learn much more.
I’m not Canadian but the Bell Let’s Talk campaign is something everyone, everywhere can get behind to have a honest conversation about mental illness and mental health. People struggle with this daily and there needs to be understanding and a lot of love. Help is just for the asking my friends.