I know, easier said than done, right? I read a lot of blogs about mental health… and food… and cats… and awesome photography…
…ok, not to get distracted here, I do seriously read a lot of blogs in regards to mental health. New bloggers in particular always mention how difficult it’s been for them to talk about what they are going through when it comes to their psychological health. Often they may even feel ashamed or apologetic for feeling depressed, stressed or whatever other bad feelings they may be experiencing.
Talking about mental health isn’t easy if you’re a person who isn’t accustomed to doing so. People in your life have likely made you feel that doing so is bad and akin to weakness. They may refuse to acknowledge your pain–surely you’re just bored or need to get more exercise. You may even be called lazy or unappreciative of life.
When I was growing up, hardly anyone talked about mental health. If you dared to say you were depressed they might say something like the following:
Depressed, ok. Here’s a list of chores. If you’re still depressed after that come see me. I’m sure I’ll think of more by then.
Oh yeah, you think you’re depressed. Go watch the news, now those are things to get depressed about.
Depressed? Go call Grandma.
That was a long time ago though. In the last several years I’ve gotten so used to talking about issues of mental health that I forget that only a short time ago I felt the very same way. I didn’t feel like I had anyone to talk to who would understand what I was going through or at least listen and believe in my pain.
So many people out there are hurting. They head to the internet because they are seeking help and some kind of outlet for their pain. They are searching for people who will believe in them and accept them.
I’m here to say that it can be done. You’re in the right place. Write openly about what you are going through and then seek out people to connect with.
I always keep in mind that I’m not the only one having trouble. A lot of us may be hurting at any given time and we all want the same thing–to connect and be heard.
Life is all about balance isn’t it?
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