Mental Health Awareness Month

Hey Self,

I know you’ve been a little down lately. I know you’re struggling. I know that things really don’t seem like they’re ever going to turn around for the better. Please here me when I say this: KEEP GOING.

Please, keep going.

There will come a time when this will all be a distant memory. There will come a time when you smile because you want to, not because you have to. Most importantly, there will come a time when you are happy, again. I know it doesn’t seem like it now, but trust me when I say this, you will be happy again.

When you feel sad, remember that the sun always shines after the rain… even in Vancouver. When you don’t want to go out in public, force yourself to. Being around people is good for you. And when people annoy you, practice patience. Why? Because no one is perfect, and there are presently people in this world practicing their patience on you.

Don’t be wary of the people who want to help. Whether they love you, they have a saviors complex, or just want a project, an offer of help is an offer of help. Appreciate the offer for what it is. Also, please don’t alienate yourself from people who do not understand. If they’ve never been through it, it may be hard for them to understand, but that doesn’t mean they don’t care. Education is far more important than alienation. If you can help even one person to understand it, that’s one more person to have in your corner.

Look after yourself. Don’t ever be afraid to treat yourself. Make decisions that are going to benefit you, make you smile or contribute to your happiness. You deserve it. You deserve the whole world… and then some. So please don’t let your brain tell you otherwise.

Cry. Cry when you want to. Whenever you want to. Tears are not a bad thing. Far from it. So don’t ever be afraid to shed tears if you need to.

Speaking of your brain, please don’t ever let it win. I know it’s hard. Sometimes it can feel as though the negativity is all you can see, but trust me, there is good in there. Your brain does not control you, and it does not define you. Your choices define you. Make the choice to not let your brain win.

Exercise is important. Integral… to your well being. When all you want to do is lay in bed and hide from the world, tell yourself that 30 minutes is enough to make a difference. Because 30 minutes is enough to make a difference. You’ve got this. So do this.

Lastly, be yourself. Who you are is enough. Who you are is fucking amazing. Remind yourself that you are a warrior and that you can get through anything. One day, when this is all a distant memory, you’ll look back on this time and realize how much strength you have, how much growth you’ve been through and all the crap you’re truly capable of getting through.

Love yourself.

Respect yourself.

Just keep going.

Sincerely, Me.

32 thoughts on “Mental Health Awareness Month

    1. Love you, lady. I know we’re from opposite sides of the continent, but I just can feel your goodness radiating through my screen. Sending you well wishes ❤

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  1. Sometimes crying feels so good, it’s like your a soda can and you’ve been shaken so much and you’re holding in so much you just gotta let it out.. hopefully not like an actual soda but you get what I mean.

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  2. This is beautiful. It’s crazy how you can feel all alone in this world, like no one can relate to you, then you see things like this and realize, maybe, just maybe, you’re not alone. Thank you for writing this. Stay strong.

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  3. Yes my dear. Just keep going and it will be a distant past soon. Nothing lasts … get anchored to That which does.
    Night is the darkest and coldest before the dawn. If the good times didn’t last .. bad too won’t.
    Much love and blessings and a big hug 🤗

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  4. Thanks for your vulnerability and willingness to share. So many people are hurting, and hearing your story is a powerful reminder that we are not alone. You are strong and brave and I fully believe that you will use all of this, the good and the bad, to grow, become the best version of yourself, and help others. Keep strong and keep writing…

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  5. This genuinely has made a big difference to me today. Especially about educating people who do not understand. That doesn’t happen often enough. When someone doesn’t understand, they are afraid of it. Without helping them to understand, you won’t help them to no longer fear a mental health issue. As long as they fear it, they will not be able to help, and will make you feel worse for having your mental health condition. Educating them is a win-win. You get support and understanding, and they are no longer afraid to try and help.

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    1. Thank you for reading ❤ I am so glad that it was able to resonate with you and I hope that you're able to talk, engage with those in your life about Mental Health Awareness ❤ Peace of mind is so important.

      I totally understand what you're saying here and I absolutely agree.

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