I want to talk today about mental health. We are in the festive season. There are so many traditions we are meant to adhere to right? We put up our Christmas trees, we buy presents, we send Christmas cards but mostly this is the season where Joy has been forced upon you. They say Christmas is the happiest time of the year. But what if this is not the case. What if you are struggling? Christmas can be a huge trigger. Not everyone has had the perfect festive season.
I myself struggle with Christmas. There are a few reasons for this but when I was 16 a very traumatic event happened to me on Christmas night and ever since I struggle with Christmas. I want to tell you it is ok to not be ok. There is no shame in getting help. I know this time of year is a huge trigger for me. It has been a long time since that night that changed my life but with the coming of Christmas songs, it is thrust to the front of my mind. It took me a long time to accept what happened to me and it has taken me even longer to try and dissociate the trama with Christmas.
It is always ok to talk to someone about your mental health. We all talk about going to the gym don't we but we don't talk about our therapist appointments? I wish people would be more open about getting help. It should be as common as your gym membership.
My blog was started when I was battling depression and anxiety. If you have followed me for a while you will know. That mental health is really important to me. I want to use this little space to remove the stigma from mental health. There is no shame in looking after your mind the same as you would your body. We will all go to the doctor if we get physically hurt but would we all go to see a therapist if our head needs help. I really hope the answer is yes if not now in the future. If you are reading this and you are struggling. Talk to someone. Get some help.