Wednesday, 10 October 2018

World Mental Health Day

While scrolling through Twitter this afternoon I discovered that today is World Mental Health Day. I decided to post a tweet regarding the subject and instead and it ended up being a lengthy thread giving my followers a brief insight into what it's like for me suffering with Postnatal Depression. I thought I would share that thread with you all here:

Reading back through the thread, I realise just how much I missed out. I poured my heart and very being into the words I posted and yet it still only scratches the surface of what it's like to suffer with a mental health problem. I won't lie, some days are a lot easier than others but most days are a real struggle and leave me feeling exhausted and deflated. 

If you know someone who is struggling with depression, anxiety or any of the many mental health problems that affect millions of people every day, take the time to see if they're ok. Ask them is there anything they need help with. One of the nasty effects mental health problems can have, is that it can turn every day, mundane activities into "impossible tasks". Something as simple as going grocery shopping could be a terrifying experience for someone with anxiety and as a result, they might not eat due to no food in their house. The list of housework that seems to be getting longer by the minute might overwhelm a mother suffering from postnatal depression. She might neglect to take care of herself as she worries about getting on top of everything. If you've got the time, ask your friends or loved ones suffering with mental health issues, what "impossible tasks" they have and offer to help them with it. Go with your friend to the grocery store, help the mother get on top of the housework... just be there for those who need your love, care and support. You'd be surprised how much the caring and nurturing act of others can have on those suffering from mental health problems. 

Talk with your loved ones this World Mental Health Day and without judgement, ask what you can do to help them. 

Until next time,
Alli xo


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