It’s Mental Health Awareness Week

A topic I find so frowned upon by many people, yet not verbalised in that way; more just a feeling and emotion or a thought. A thought that you know people are thinking that of other people described to have mental health issues. 

I have spoken about this before, having a close member of the family suffering mental health issues. I don’t know – I’m on the fence. When you are so closely emotionally involved with a family member suffering, you can’t really see it to be a true diagnosis, as you know that individual too well to detect if it’s just their character or if they truly have an issue. How they have been all their life is just them – is that really mental health? 

If you looked into an outsider’s behaviour without truly knowing them, I’m sure there would be boxes you would tick that from the evidence you’re diagnosing someone with a mental health condition. When it’s personal, I don’t think it’s like that.

I find whichever way we look at it, that there are things out there to help us. 

I’m lucky to never have had depression, though I can get into low moods quite often that I put down to hormones. Also, I do over think a lot and I find that my new love of mindfulness helps. 

Mindfulness is something most people don’t know about, I guess, such as myself – until recently – and now I’m addicted.  It’s not being a hippie, it’s literally just being aware of what is around you at any given time. It can totally help you relax and, also, take account of what is happening.

Mindfulness is backed by the NHS as you can see from this article below:

How mindfulness helps mental wellbeing

Becoming more aware of the present moment can help us enjoy the world around us more and understand ourselves better.

When we become more aware of the present moment, we begin to experience afresh things that we have been taking for granted.

“Mindfulness also allows us to become more aware of the stream of thoughts and feelings that we experience,” says Professor Williams, “and to see how we can become entangled in that stream in ways that are not helpful.

“This lets us stand back from our thoughts and start to see their patterns. Gradually, we can train ourselves to notice when our thoughts are taking over and realise that thoughts are simply ‘mental events’ that do not have to control us.

“Most of us have issues that we find hard to let go and mindfulness can help us deal with them more productively. We can ask: ‘Is trying to solve this by brooding about it helpful, or am I just getting caught up in my thoughts?’

“Awareness of this kind also helps us notice signs of stress or anxiety earlier and helps us deal with them better.”

Do you practise Mindfulness? I’d love to hear of your success with it, let me know in the comments.

A x

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