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What would you say if I told you that you could potentially change a friend or loved one’s life forever or EVEN save their life.
Are you serious? How?
The fact is we all can make a difference by starting simple conversations with our friends and family about mental health.
It’s a frightening statistic that1 in 8 males and 1 in 5 females will struggle with either anxiety or depression. Knowing these statistics, stop for a second and think about the people in your life. There is a high chance that someone close to you is struggling with a mental health condition. Many of us assume that the people in our lives know we are there for them if they ever need to talk. However, the truth is, in most cases people struggling with mental health conditions are so overwhelmed by their situation they cannot see that you are there to help.
I was once told by someone who had struggled with depression to squint my eyes and block my ears and he started talking to me. The sound was muffled, my sight was blurred and unclear, he then proceeded to say, “That’s what it was like for me”. He believed he had people there for him but just didn’t know who or how to ask for help? That was until he had a friend reach out to him and say they had noticed changes in him, they were concerned, and were there to listen, support and stand by him.
Similarly to cancer, mental health conditions can affect anyone, no one is immune. You may have people in your life that on the outside may appear to have the perfect life however everyday life pressures can affect anyone.
Here are a few simple ways to start “The #letstalk conversation”:
If you do have someone reach out to you don’t panic! Let them know that you are there to support them and be by their side. Make an appointment to see their local GP and show your support by going along to the appointment. The GP will help set up a plan to address their current situation. It’s important to remember that mental health issues are medical conditions that can be treated with consultation and planning from medical professionals.
NO ONE EVER LOST A FRIEND FOR CARING.. We often hesitate reaching out to a friend that we can see is struggling for the fear of offending them or jeopardising the friendship.
The fact is no one ever lost a friend from caring and asking “Hey are you ok? You haven’t been yourself lately. You know I’m here for you and we can discuss anything.”
Your 30 seconds of awkwardness can potentially change that person life.
Taking out the trash – It’s a great way to kick start your weekend. A good way to start is to clear your mind of the stresses from work during the week. Here is a few tips…
Set up for the week ahead. Take another 10-20 minutes at the end of the day to write your future self a note about what you did that day, where you left off and what tasks you need to get started on first on Monday morning. This method will allow you to streamline your work and maintain a smooth flow from Friday to Monday.It also prevents you from obsessing over which tasks you need to tackle first up — you can relax, knowing it’s already taken care of.
It’s also important let’s it all go on your way home.Try to concentrate on unwinding and celebrating that you’re on your way home. You may feel like you need to rush to get home and relax, but why wait? Do whatever makes you feel stress free -roll down the windows and blast some music, or embrace the beautiful sound of silence after a trying day.
Keeping the balance is an important part of having GOOD mental health.
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