Mental Health Week 2021 – Love and support 💛

Day 2 of mental health week, here is your second story, written with love anonymously, I love how much support, advice and love this person has to give even though they still suffer. I hope you find all the happiness in the world and conquer your anxiety, if any readers have any advice please use the comments box below. Anybody suffering listen to these motivational, powerful, truthful words… You are amazing!

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‘Mental Health’…

Such an important issue and something that shouldn’t be thrown about passively…

It’s important…

If you’re ‘living’ and ‘coping’ my heart goes out to you…

You are not alone. You’re here and I’m here with you… 

I’ll try to portray what it’s like dealing with my illness on a normal basis. I’ll start by setting the scene…

I’m 26 years of age, yet I know my anxiety and depression started at the tender age of 15. I was officially diagnosed with depression and PTSD after my parents divorced- It was terrifying.

Shortly after, I was homeless and housed within the YMCA. Sounds scary doesn’t it, “diagnosis”.

Mental health is something that I have felt ashamed of for so long, but I know that there is so much support out there now, it’s just a case of reaching out.

I’m digressing now because I know it’s easier said than done.

Let me brief you on a day in the life of me dealing with my mental health illness. 

I get so anxious that I vomit most mornings, I have extreme mood swings and I barely have any skin left on my thumbs from stress. I talk far too erratically and unintentionally let people down. I cancel most of the plans my friends invite me too because of the constant fear and dread I have eating away inside of me.

For a long time, I was told by my own Mother that I was never good enough and would never amount to anything. As you can imagine, this had a huge impact on my self-esteem and led to failed relationships.

I tried to fill the void of my broken home and allowed people to treat me awfully, because of my illness and the fear of being alone. It’s a lot easier to par off the advice spieled off by doctors, because the only person you can help is YOURSELF!

One piece of advice I will give to overcome what you are going through…

“You’re a hero, you are powerful, you are strong, capable and not weak. What others perceive is not important. You are important. No matter what you’re going through now, there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. I believe in you, others believe in you, but most of all- believe in yourself”.

Don’t be ashamed to ask for help. That’s what I did, and I’m growing stronger each day. You are worthy, valid, and outstanding in everything you do.

Invest your time in hobbies, do things that make you smile and allow yourself to sometimes say ‘no’ if you feel you’re out of your comfort zone. There is no pressure to feel that you’re ‘at your peak’ in life because everyone’s journey is different. You can do it!!

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