Work in Progress…

Hi all,

I just wanted to discuss the severity of Mental Health and the fact that it still seems to be a taboo subject to talk about, both in some homes and in the workplace. This should not be the case, people should be accepted, no matter if they struggle with mental health or not.

Mental Health can come in different forms and affect people in different ways, for example some people may not like going in overcrowded places, due to anxiety and them thinking that something terrible is going to happen, when really everything could be fine when you get there.

I know you’re all thinking how does she know all these different things? Well I wouldn’t be writing about it on here, if it wasn’t something I had experienced first hand, but the truth is very few people really know me now, because of various things in the past, so there is only a handful of people who know that I have experienced anxiety in the past and now just occasionally things trigger it off.

For example, whenever I do things out of the ordinary that are out of my comfort zone that makes me feel like I should talk myself out of doing those things that trigger my anxiety, although now I have started doing more and more things that are out of my comfort zone to try to tackle my anxiety.

My anxiety and depression was triggered when I was around thirteen or fourteen, it was when my Dad had just been diagnosed with his terminal illness and I remember just being terrified that the same or something similar would happen to Mum. Then that later worsened when I went through abuse at the same time as all that was going on.

Sometimes anxiety can be triggered by lots of small things building up and you think you are coping and then all of a sudden it can just hit you and you just start crying or panicking for no reason. The best coping mechanism that I discovered was surrounding myself with people who I trusted, it brought me closer to people in a way, because there was one bad patch where I didn’t want to be near anyone, but I worked through and just know that you can too.

Surround yourself with positivity and block out negativity, together we can talk about Mental Health, so today I’m saying that I’m a work in progress, I’ve still got things to work through, so that makes me a work in progress.

As usual if you have any comments, please comment in the box below and I will do my best to reply to you all.

lots of love

Jem

xx

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