It’s Mental Health Awareness Month in the USA and I thought I would talk about it. For all of you who know that I live in Canada, our celebration of Mental Health Awareness is actually from September 30th to October 6th, 2018. Even though we are aren’t technically talking about it here, there is never a bad time to talk about mental health. Talking and sharing our struggles with our mental health is very important to keep the stigma and stereotypes away.
I thought I would share a bit of my story briefly and I have a few words for everyone struggling with anxiety. I have anxiety basically my whole life and it has kept me from doing things for a very long time. It has been a big problem in my life and as of last year, I have started to tackle it head on and make sure I am in a better mental space. If you want to read more about my anxiety I have two posts about it where I talk about it and then an update a few weeks later.
Anxiety has been such a big part of my life and it took me a long time to realize that I am not my anxiety. Anxiety is something that makes me feel like I am not in control of my own life and no one should have to suffer from it. For all those who are wondering, I am not medicated and that is a choice that I have made for myself. I don’t have anything against people who are medicated but I just don’t believe in it for myself. From watching some of the people I am close to, to research I have determined that it was better to fight anxiety rather than mask the symptoms of it. For everyone who does take medication, there should be no shame or stigma towards it. I don’t believe in shaming anyone for taking medication to help.
I have also struggled with depression in my life and I do want to tell people it gets better. I know that sounds cliche and even wrong but it does. I think things got better when I realized that it was for me to make a change not the world around me. I think one day I just woke up and said I didn’t want to be depressed anymore and I was willing to do and change whatever it was I had to change so I wasn’t feeling the way I was feeling any longer. I cut out people who didn’t make me happy, I stopped doing things that made me sad and focused on the positive and just changing my mindset on life. I had an easy time and really transformed my life out of sheer willpower not everyone can do that I can recognize that. Keep fighting and doing what you are doing to feel better.
I think the most important thing that people who don’t suffer from mental disorders is that we who suffer are not our disorder. We are not anxiety or depression, etc. My anxiety can make me a who different person than who I really am. When I am getting anxious and having panic attacks it’s not because I want to it’s because something is wrong with my brain.
I really hope that people can come forward more and talk about how they are feeling without fear of judgment. My blog is a safe place to talk and always will be. If you ever need someone feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through my contact page.
Collecting Glitter – Clara Le Bel