Today is World Mental Health Day: a great opportunity to support others, be open about our own ups and downs with mental health, and generally raise awareness and combat stigma.
I’ve lived with a little tailor-made set of mental health issues for nearly twenty years now but I’m by no means an expert on my own problems let alone anyone else’s. So while I’d never want to assume I could advise anyone, I’d love to at least share some techniques and ideas I’ve stumbled across during the years.
My mental health issues have been part of my life for so long now that it almost feels like it’s part of me as a person, yet I spend a lot of time and energy trying to out-manoeuvre it.
One of my favourite strategies is one told to me by a fab counsellor many years ago and is essentially about making sure you achieve balance in your life as well as everyday unavoidable stuff like work, childcare, and household chores. It basically involves making lists and doing nice things with your life – what’s not to like about that!?
I’m also trying to get my head round the concept of Mindfulness at the moment – like actually forcing myself to do it and keep focussed – and maybe I’ll share some helpful or nice things as I try them out to see if they make a positive impact on my life. After all, surely that’s the idea of World Mental Health Day right? To share, and be open, and to help yourself and others.
Wishing you a good World Mental Health Day – and a good mental health day every day.