World Mental Health Day.

Most of you have probably seen on social media that World Mental Health Day is 10 October. Although it has now rolled around to the 11th in Australia, I thought that it is never too late to write a post on mental health. We all know someone who has struggled with mental health or we are the ones who have struggled ourselves. Personally, I know a lot of people who have been through tough times mental health wise as well as going through it myself so I have a lot to say on the topic (so expect many more posts to come).

What I think is important to understand is that mental illness does not have an off switch. In my experience, people who don’t suffer from mental illness don’t particularly understand this. Simply telling someone to ‘get over it’ will not make everything better. It’s like telling someone with a broken arm to just ‘get over it’ and ‘tell yourself to feel better and you will’. While I do believe that positive self talk helps you to manage your mental illness, it won’t make it completely disappear. So don’t feel bad if you’ve been doing really well all week and then suddenly you wake up one morning not feeling like yourself. It happens. It’s happened to me today.

Some days are better than others. Some weeks are better than others. Some years are better than others. And sometimes you just have to tell yourself congratulations for making it through the day. So this is me, on mental health day, telling you congratulations and that I’m proud of you. You’re doing great πŸ™‚

-Nicole

Meditation.

It is a fairly known fact that meditation is good for the soul. There are numerous scientifically proven benefits – click hereΒ to read them all in full. It is particularly helpful for reducing depression and anxiety so if you suffer from either illness, meditation is something that you should implement in your life. It is also great for reducing stress. Taking the time out of your busy day to meditate has been proven to do more good than bad. I know it can seem difficult to carve out 10-15 minutes to sit down and listen to a strangers voice but I urge you to find the time anyway and simply give it a go.

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