I’m a day late with this one but better late than never. What I really love about the celebration of awareness is the openness with which people discuss their struggles on social media. Friends write long posts detailing their journeys. The support and acceptance I observe are really positive.
World Mental Health Day celebrates awareness for the global community in an empathetic way, with a unifying voice, helping those feel hopeful by empowering them t take action and to create lasting change.
According to made-up statistics, 1 in 4 people will struggle with a mental illness at some point in their life. In my opinion, everyone experiences a ‘wobble’ or ‘earthquake,’ it’s part of the human condition. It’s all quite normal to feel totally out of control and not know what the f%4# is going on sometimes. It’s just part of the rich tapestry of life.
Some helpful reminders that I’ve pulled from my fellow comedian Jackie Hagan’s post on facebook. Thanks Jackie xx (I’ve taken out a few of the more sweary words for my Canadian audience.)
1. Accepting it. I’m mental, it will always be there, you
2. Treat it like flu. You’re nuts today, endure it like flu, go to work and trudge through it or stay off if it’s bad. Flu. Or a come-down if you’re that way inclined. It’s just A Thing, dont get caught up in telling yourself a story about it.
3. Feel Shit and Do it Anyway. Distraction is 99% of the solution.
4. Figure out what you like to pretend to be – I vary from a bit of wool wrapped around a shed door handle (tangible) to three nice dogs stacked on top of each other or a pub dog (I’ve stood in the middle of the road shouting “I AM A PUB DOG,” try it, it’s good.)
5. It’s a feeling. Don’t hang stories off it. Don’t give it your energy in a way that hurts you more. Don’t feed it. Eat a fucking banana instead and out Pigeon Street on.
6. No self pity unless someone has died then 15 mins crying under a blanket, take blanket off and back to life.
9. Don’t expect professionals to help, don’t bother yourself when they are not able, don’t get bogged down with it, take what’s useful, they are trying. If they are good then great but if not just move on, same with everyone who exists, just flock towards the good ones.
10. Don’t try to be positive or happy just try to be authentic and don’t be horrible to yourself.
11. EVERYTHING IS OK EVEN WHEN IT’S NOT
12. Your brain is set for living in a tribe, you hate rejection and criticism cos it means you might get ousted from the tribe and eaten by a lion.
THERE ARE NO LIONS
Have a great day,