As today is Mental Health Day and I volunteer with The Mentality Project I have decided to create a bonus post as a somewhat collaboration of my volunteering whilst I'm studying away. Last year I created a similar post that you all seemed to love called Mental Health, which has encouraged me to create another post. Especially when the nights are getting darker, we can always feel in need of a good pick me up and to focus on ourselves that little bit more. Therefore, I feel like there is no better time than now to create a post to hopefully make you think about yourself a little bit more. So, grab a cuppa, snuggle up and take some time out for yourself.
Personally for me this past year has been tough, moving to a new city and meeting new people has seen its ups and downs. However I have powered through the toughest of days and came out far more positive as I now appreciate the little things in life that little bit more. I am far more grateful for having a good day than I was before. I have also learnt many things about myself and what specific things I need to do to avoid being affected or to be able to maintain a positive and realistic outlook on life.
Life is tough for everyone no matter who we are and what life we live. It is important to make sure we are fully aware of our mental health and in some way are connected to the way we feel. It is easy to get lost in a life of deadlines and stress, forgetting that we need to take time out for ourselves. We are a living being and therefore are allowed to feel emotions, no matter who we are.
Until volunteering with Mentality I never quite realised what you could do and just how important your mental health is. The most important thing that I found is probably that your mental health is just as important as your physical health, if not more. When your mental health is not at its best, it can go on to make you physically ill further down the line. Therefore, the importance of taking time off when your mental health isn't at its best is rather essential. Take being a student, you are consistently bombarded with stress: deadlines, assignments, coursework and exams. These all can take a toll on your body, being able to fully concentrate whilst studying at home or in a class can be highly affected by where your mental health is. So, when you get a day off and you're not feeling one hundred per cent, keep it your day off. Don't plan to do any work, you deserve a break! Make the day a self-care day, all about you! If you feel like your mental health is in a very bad place then taking time off work and school is fully acceptable. You want to be able to be your best and by taking time to focus on yourself you're allowing yourself to recover, just like you would a physical illness. If you feel as if the day off didn't help, maybe go to your local doctors and discuss the situation with them. They should have access to a range of contacts who may be able to help you. If that doesn't work, they will be able to discuss other things that could help you further down the line. Focusing on yourself can be beneficial and give you that breathing space to allow you to get in tip top shape and to continue to do your best.
"I fall from the sky but I won't fall forever, I fall but when I rise I'll be stronger than ever"
- Rayleigh Ritchie -