Did you know it is World Mental Health Day today?
World Mental Health Day is an excellent opportunity to bring visibility to mental health issues, start conversations around it and break down any stigmas related to it.
One in four of us has had a mental health issue over the last year. Think about that for a moment; it is an alarming statistic.
Why does it feel like no-one is talking about this?
We have no problem telling people when we are physically sick, whether it be something minor like the common cold or even something more serious.
If our physical health has ups and downs, does it not follow suit that our mental health may have ups and downs too?
Like everyone, I have had my fair share of struggles over the years.
Marisa Peer believes people get depressed for five reasons:
1) Not feeling good enough
2) Not doing what you love or following your heart’s desire.
3) Feeling out of control.
4) Chemical imbalances and lifestyle.
5) Disconnection from what matters most.
The five things that Marisa describes as effecting our mental health resonates with me.
Do you know what triggers your mental health issues?
I know for me, self-care is paramount and something I never take for granted.
I love my daily ritual and it includes:
Having compassion with myself in every situation.
Nourishing my spirit with positive affirmations and self-talk.
Remember your stomach is the seat of your emotional brain, care for it, and it will care for you.
Time in nature every day is crucial; for me, it lifts my spirit.
I always make sure that I get enough sleep and rest.
When I am down, I reach out to people as the old saying goes: “A problem shared is a problem halved.”
Most of all, my advice to you is to be truthful with yourself, find out what you love to do and make it your passion. If you are feeling down ask for help, you owe it to yourself.
I would love to hear about your self-care tips on World Mental Health Day. Let’s take the stigma out of mental health for once and all.