Amazing photos representing many different mental disorders by CSPhotography. Found these pictures about a year ago and I though they'd be awesome to share for this blog post. Check CSPhotography on Facebook by clicking one of the pictures and see some more photos by them.
SO because of #BellLetsTalk this week, and because I saw "Split" this week (VERY good movie btw) I thought I would put in my outlook on mental health. First off I want to say how awesome it is that Bell would do this to raise mental health awareness, it really gets people talking which is awesome to see. I do think that we do have to carry this awareness forward everyday so it can reach more people. Mental health runs in my family including bipolar, anxiety, and addiction. As for me, I definitely picked up the anxiety root in my family. I have had anxiety basically as long as I can remember, and my life has been an absolute roller coaster in a positive and negative way. I think its one of the harder ones to understand because on some level everyone has anxiety it just depends on the severity. Especially when someone have not experienced high anxiety they won't understand why you get so worked up over the littlest things like tests, job interviews, socializing, etc. Just like any other disorder, sometimes its difficult to understand when you have no idea how they feel. However, I think the only thing people really have to know is to just be nice. Its so simple, don't belittle someone for doing something a certain way, or being too quiet, or in my case it was overthinking and asking a lot of questions on how to do something before I did it so I didn't look like an idiot. You have no idea what people are struggling with, so honestly just be a friend because you might just make someone’s day who's dealing with something like depression.
Another thing I would like to say that’s extremely important is that THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH GETTING HELP. I can't stress this enough. People with disorders that are unaware choose to avoid it and refuse to seek help, I am totally guilty of this too. I didn't want to get help because I thought it meant something was wrong with me, and that everyone would look at me sympathetically like I was ill. Boy, was I completely wrong. Seeing a psychologist was one of the best things that I have done in my life, because I have now reached a level where I am able to maintain my anxiety on my own. Throughout the process I learned so much about myself and I truly became stronger. In addition, going on medication doesn't make something wrong with you either. You are balancing the chemicals in your brain thats all it does. I studied psychology and many disorders result from breakdowns or failures of physiological systems. Schizophrenia is found because of an under activity in the brains frontal lobes. So please, if you feel like you need help don't hesitate to ask because you'll have a huge weight off your shoulders, and will feel much better if you talk to someone.
Self-care is truly one of the best things you can do to ease the severity of your mental health. Of course, this doesn't mean that you can cure your disorder or that it just goes away. However, in my experience it can reduce the amount or the severity of anxiety or depression you have. My anxiety is always with me, and if I let it it can take over my life like it has before. We never take into consideration our self-care and how much it actually contributes to the way we are feeling. Here are 5 self-care things I do to reduce my anxiety:
1. Exercise - I've said this before, but it is so vital to your health and mood. Trust me on this one!
2. Pamper - Once a week, usually Sunday for me I take a bubble bath, paint my nails, give hair a treatment, anything that makes me feel refreshed for the upcoming week
3. Journal - my journals are my best friend when it comes to my anxiety as it helps me worry for a certain time and then I feel less anxious
4. Talking- having meaningful relationships that go deeper than social media so that you are able to talk about what your feeling. I know for me this is so important because my mind is constantly running and I’d go insane with all my thoughts and worries if I couldn't talk to someone. Talking to someone I trust, love, and who understand me makes all the difference with the amount of anxiety I have.
5. Do things for yourself- Be kind to yourself and set time to do things you love. For me, this is photography, reading, drawing, dancing, and having fun with people I love.
1 out of 4 people suffer from a mental illness. Just remember that you are not alone and that there is always someone you can talk to. A good friend, psychologist/psychiatrist, teacher, family, support groups, etc. You are worthy, and defiantly have a purpose here so don't let your mental illness take that away from you. Remember Love will always help you get through anything! In the words of Ellen, be kind to one another <3