#Time to Talk – Take 5

We are all being encouraged today by the brilliant charity, Time to Change, to take 5 minutes out of our day to talk about mental health. Whether that’s opening up to someone about your experiences or how you’re feeling or asking someone else how they’re doing. You can read last year’s Time to Talk post here. This year’s could not be more different to that one. 
This is the best I have felt mentally in a very long time and it feels wonderful to say that. There are some big life changes happening at the minute which normally would send me into a bit of a panic but I could not be more excited or eager for them to happen.
It scares me to think about how low I was this time last year and thanks to the Timehop app I’m being reminded every day! It isn’t very nice to think about it but it also reminds me of how far I’ve come and how much has changed in such a short space of time. I was in a very scary place but thanks to hard work from me, support from my loved ones and some excellent care (and finally the right medication combination!) from my community mental health team I feel confident that it is behind me.  I fully expect to have bad patches again because that is the nature of my illness but I know I can get through them and I finally know when to ask for help and not to be embarrassed or worried about disappointment.
The biggest thing I learnt last year was to know my limits, be kind to myself and not overdo it. It took a few mishaps and mistakes but I can finally say no and step back when I need to regardless of how much I might want to do something. It might mean missing out on an amazing blog event or doing something fun with my husband but if it means staying well, I don’t mind. I’ve always forced myself to do things and taken on too much, it’s just something built in me so it’s not easy and I still have moments when I know I should be taking a step back but I’m learning. 
You might think a blog post or a silly hashtag isn’t going to make a difference but if just one person opens up about their mental health today when they normally wouldn’t do, that’s progress. I see so many people moaning about how people (especially bloggers for some reason) claim to have a mental illness and how they’re trying to make it fashionable but in my opinion they’re just adding to the stigma. Who cares if maybe they don’t have a formal diagnosis? They’re opening up a channel of discussion for someone who does. Does it matter how many people suffer with anxiety? It doesn’t make yours or mine any less relevant or serious. By slagging people off for talking about it you’re potentially stopping someone else opening up and asking for help for fear of being tarred with the same brush. Don’t be a dickhead, just listen.
If you’re struggling, tell someone. I guarantee it won’t be half as scary as you think it’ll be. And never, ever underestimate the power of a kind word from a stranger. Utilise social media and the world around you. Get talking!
Mrs D x

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2 thoughts on “#Time to Talk – Take 5

  1. Great blog my darling. Yes, you have come a long long way in the last 12 months and learned a few things along the way. Surprisingly when you are in a good place it rubs off on others around you. Love you lots and lots. xxxx

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