Your mental health is so important, and you should make it your goal to ensure that you are always well and at peace. Mental health is often something that is overlooked or not spoken about, because it’s not a physical suffering that you can see, like a broken leg – it’s all going on in the mind. (And what a complex place that is.) Because of this though, people feel like they’re not able to speak about it, or admit that they’re struggling, as they see it as a sign of weakness or an embarrassing confession, but it is none of these things. It’s a real problem, and you’d be surprised at how many other people are struggling too. You’re not alone, and it’s important that you make that aware to yourself, because no one should feel that way.
While you should always seek medical help from a Doctor or other health professional, there are many different ways that you can help yourself too. Here are just a few ideas that may allow you to bring in some of the light to diminish the darkness.
Never underestimate the power of music – ever. It can do incredible things for your mental health. You know that feeling of joy and happiness you get when that song comes on that reminds you of your best friend’s wedding where you all danced on the tables? – Exactly. It is able to make your mind remember things; it can even bring back a scent from a certain time in your life, so use that power to help you. Places like Peace Hospice and Palliative Care provide music therapy services where like minded people go to share their love of music, whether that be through dancing, writing, or even playing an instrument themselves.
It’s very important that you push yourself to get out of the house. Understandably, this is easier said than done, especially when you’re feeling rather low – but it’s not good to keep yourself locked up inside. It hides the beauty of nature, and you soon forget what you’re missing, and then you’re just left confined to the four walls that sooner or later turn into a prison. So get outside, even if it’s just a quick walk to the shop down the road. Start simple, and then build up from there until you get the confidence you need. Breathe in the air, smell the cut grass, listen to the birds sing, and feel the sun on your skin. Let mother nature do her job.
You may not feel like going out or having friends over, but give it a go anyway, even if just for an hour or so. Although you may think that you don’t want company right now – once you have it, you may not believe what you’ve been letting yourself miss these past few days, weeks, or even months. Remember how good it feels to laugh uncontrollably without a care in the world – even if it just be for a few seconds? That’s what loved ones are able to do – so take advantage of that.