Mental health has soared over the last few decades and many are easy to dismiss it as ‘the new bad back’ but unfortunately a lot of us suffer from it day to day in some form. But what is more prevalent is our lack of being able to openly talk about it.
I’m not going to sit here and state that I have a mental health problem, I feel in control of my feelings and generally most days are good! But like all of us, this hasn’t always been the case.
I grew up as an incredibly shy child who found many social situations induce a form of crippling anxiety. But over the years I’ve learnt to push myself into those situations which has made me realise that, well, they are never as bad as they seem!
Today, I am someone who is fairly confident in their own skin. Don’t get me wrong, I can still have battles with my confidence in the most stupid things and sometimes my anxiety and shyness does consume me and I can’t always push through it, but on the whole I can control it and it doesn’t cause me too much of an issue.
I also seemingly have a very hectic mind with thoughts darting about all the time, good and bad. But I have learnt recently that I can battle this by journalling, blogging or my latest – Voice recording my thoughts down to get them out of my head! I know it sounds lame, but I actually find it very useful!
Physical fitness has also helped me, especially doing it first thing in the day, it clears my mind and sets me up for my days work or tasks.
We need to understand that Health & Fitness is not just about our physical fitness, but also about mental wellbeing, and this is done by reflection, mindfulness and It’s not hard to see some of the people that look the most ‘physically fit’ are probably some of those with the most pressure and unhappiness in their pursuit.
During December of 2018, I decided that I wanted to make an effort to give back to those that have helped me over the years and also to help raise awareness or funds for a cause close to me.
This year I will be raising funds for MindUK. I will pledge to post at least one blog post per month regarding mental health this year. Make it a hot topic on my social media feeds & I will also I will be putting out some of my thoughts – Via the stream of audio of my opinion on some issues present in modern life which i believe affect our mental health.
Keep your eyes peeled as i update you on the fundraising page when it is live and also the events which I will be taking part in to raise funds.
Feel free to contact me via DM or email at anytime for advice, or if you just want someone to talk to!