There’s never a perfect time to have hard conversations about mental health. Withe holidays approaching and everyone feeling the busyness of the season, it’s easy to ignore or put-off our own needs.
I mean all it takes is a quick google search and you get the statistics for depression, anxiety, panic, insomnia, and despair. Despair is sorrow but with a kick. This kind of sadness will spit on your hopes and dreams and throw them in front of a moving train. For me it usually feels like I can’t breathe. I can’t focus on anything, I want to throw something, punch something, and just scream all at the same time. Not often do I experience these feelings but when I do it feels like it lasts forever.
Does anyone else ever get done crying and then just feel numb afterwards? Maybe you feel like you need a nap after you finish your breakdown. Sometimes you don’t have time for those things so you just wipe your tears, straighten back up and go back to work.
No matter the way that you cope, we all need to be self-aware when we’re reaching our breaking point. If we let our emotions gather over time without an outlet, they will eventually implode on us. When they implode, they will then explode on the people around us (usually our loved ones). It’s important to have loved ones, friends, therapists, or some form of support system. As humans, we need interaction and we need to talk to people about the way we’re feeling. We can’t give our jobs or our schooling 100% if we’re at 25%.
We are so lucky to live in a time where mental health is included in the conversation about general health. We’re no longer thrown in mental institutes or subject to lobotomy. We have so many resources available. This type of conversation is one that could be life-saving. So talk to your loved ones. Talk to your friends and students and coworkers. Check up on them and make sure that no one goes unloved or unnoticed this holiday season. This year has been especially tough on those who experience depression, loneliness, and anxiety. Reach out to someone and show them you care.
And if you’re feeling down or anxious or experiencing any symptoms of serious mental health issues, don’t be afraid to reach out.
Have a good week.