#TimeToTalk

It’s #TimeToTalk Day.

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I set out to make sure my blog touches on metal well-being almost as much as it talks about general health and fitness as it goes hand-in-hand. Without a healthy mind you are not going to live a healthy/positive life.

I had never heard of #TimeToTalk day before now, so I did a little investigating! Time to Talk Day takes place on the first Thursday in February. It’s a day that hopes to bring people together to get talking and break the silence around mental health problems.

Mental health problems affect one in four of us yet people are still afraid to talk about it. For people with mental health problems not being able to talk about it can be one of the worst parts of the illness. So by getting people talking about mental health we can break down stereotypes, improve relationships, aid recovery and take the stigma out of something that affects us all at some point in our lives.

Since Time to Talk Day first launched in 2014, it has sparked millions of conversations in schools, homes, workplaces, in the media and online – which is so important there is legacy, in my opinion we have a lot of ‘days’ dedicated to various issues but it tends to be forgotten 24 hours later.

Time to change released a new poll today which revealed the devastating human cost of mental health stigma – 1 in 5 surveyed who said they felt they could not talk about their mental health had lost a job as a result of it, whilst over half lost contact with a loved one. Inevitably there is only so much ‘Keep calm and carry on’ing’ through life that we can handle before something breaks – either our health, our relationships, our work or sadly, ourselves.

For most of my adult life I was really lucky and never really suffered with anxiety/depression and, to be completely honest, found it hard to understand why some people did. However, over the past few years, without ever consciously realising – happiness, positivity, joy and being care-free was replaced with expectation, perfectionism, comparison, anxiety, fear and self-doubt.
When we were young did we dream about being in our mid-twenties and spending our time outside of work scrolling through our phones on various social media apps comparing our lives and bodies with other people? Absolutely not. You can definitely see why, in today’s society, women and men in their twenties suffer from severe cases of anxiety and depression. Not to mention the other responsibilities that become prevalent at this age – finances, family, work…
For me, it was a mix of a few things! As mentioned in previous posts, I was guilty of comparing myself to other people on social media, working hard in the gym and feeling like I was never getting to where I wanted to be. I had a really messed up view of what ‘fitness’ was all about and i’m glad I have overcome that. I got myself onto the property ladder, which looking back is a fantastic achievement at age 25 but I couldn’t see the positives and began to obsess over whether I had enough money or if I was saving enough and being prepared if anything was to fall through (which is did). There was also terminal illness in a family member, so there we have it, 2016/2017 become a massive anxiety ridden blur.
How did I manage it? Some days were better than others, but I took these steps to help:
  • Working out (obviously): Exercising has been proven to release endorphin’s that increase your mood and make you feel more positive. It works, trust me!
  • Challenge your thoughts and TALK about them: Ask yourself, is this worry realistic? and is it likely to happen? We can all be guilty of overthinking at times, ask a close friend, relative or your other half and i’m sure they will soon tell you whether you are overthinking or not! and if you’re not, they will help you find a solution.
  • Sleep:  Not getting enough sleep can trigger anxiety. If you’re having trouble sleeping, engage in a relaxing activity before bedtime, such as taking a bubble bath and TRY to not look at your phone as much. Put it on charge at the other side of the room!
  • Stay connected: This is so important – don’t cut people off! It’s human nature to want to help other people (really, it is!). Make sure you reach out to your friends and family to ask them how they are getting on and they will reach out to you.

I hope this helps anyone struggling – even just a little bit, we all go through it, just make sure you recognise and address it. This blog was born from a chat that I had with my boyfriend over the phone when I was feeling particularly rubbish – when you open up, it’s almost guaranteed that something positive will come from it.

TTGT X

 

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