It is mental health awareness week. We want you to get thinking about what mental health means and why awareness is important for this week and always.
For a long time, mental health has not been acknowledged as a vital connection to physical health. This means that people that struggle with mental health were not recognised as people who had actual health problems. This also means that access to help and support for mental health was not easy.
We are still struggling with reconciling with the idea of the importance of mental health. What makes this more difficult is that general day to day practises still do not accommodate room to focus on mental and spiritual wellness.
From having to focus on school and work and kids and running whatever errands we need to get done, there really is not enough time in the day. And the people that really struggle with maintaining a healthy state of mind, the ones on medication or who are committed to getting their mental wellness? This week is a focus on you too!
We all have our unique journeys and equally unique traumas that we have experienced. This is the perfect time to really examine our unique histories and how they have shaped who we are today. We must nurture these traumas and treat them with the equal attention that we treat our happiness.
It is important to look to the future and to move on. It is also important to stop and rest and pay attention to the wounds you have carried from your journey. If you cannot do this on your own, which a lot of us cannot, then please do reach out to friends and family.
Also keeping in mind that many of us are still bound indoors. There are many who are struggling right now with adjusting. There are many whose homes are not mentally safe spaces. There are those really trying to keep it together by taking one day at a time. We see you, we acknowledge you, you are doing okay.