On World Mental Health Day, it’s amazing to see all of the posts about people being open about their own struggles and the overwhelming support from people.
I’ve always been pretty open and posted before about my battles with depression, stress and anxiety. I’ve found it’s become part of my coping mechanism, but also that it’s helped lots of other people open up to me about their own troubles. This can often be the hardest part, because although our own problems seem so huge to us, you also think it will sound stupid and silly to someone else. If you are having any troubles, or need someone to talk to, or if you need help. Please, reach out; to your friends and family, your local GP, SAMH, Samaritans, me... whoever it may be, just reach out and start talking, I promise it gets easier.
For me, a massive part of staying in control of my anxiety, is my exercise. Running and pole are amazing at making me focus so hard on what I’m doing, that I don’t have space to think (or worry!) about anything else. Through both I’ve met some incredible people, who probably don’t realise quite how much they’ve helped me, just by being themselves. If you are feeling a bit overwhelmed and that you find it hard to stop thinking, speak to someone and try a new exercise! Beyond the natural endorphins from exercise, seeing yourself progress in something new gives you an unbelievable buzz and sense of pride. Look after yourself and remember, you can get through this 💪🏼 ❤️