I’ve been “lucky”. The starring role has always evaded me and the supporting role, while not comfortable at all, is where I have experience.
Today is a day that I try hard to post on. Mental health is an important issue in my world and I always want to raise awareness that it’s ok to not be ok.
If you don’t know what #BellLetsTalk is, it’s an awareness campaign created by the Canadian telecommunications company, Bell Canada, in an effort to raise awareness and combat stigma surrounding mental illness. Bell donates 5 cents for every applicable text, call, tweet or TikTok video using #BellLetsTalk, and use of their Facebook frame or Snapchat lens. So I try to do my share.
Because while my foray into it were both short stints of situation depression I know, very very well, others who have had to fight their way out of the well. Who have spent time inside learning that their brains are wired different, that self care is not selfish and that you take it one second at a time not one day at a time. When the laundry is too much or the grocery run seems insurmountable with anxiety pushing against the depression just the presence of someone who cares makes a huge difference. I have been that person. There are no right things to say. There is no easy way to make it better. There is no day that is the finish line in a mental health continuum.
And truly we could all be one or two crises away from the deep abyss. You just don’t know what life will throw at you so it’s important to keep your life full of self care. You need to find the resources (see my post here called Resiliency) and use the support when you reach that point. Journal, read, write, walk, run, dance or quilt your way to a happy place. Connect. Be a part of someone’s village – reach out and get help or be someone’s help.
if you only carry one thing throughout your entire life, let it be hope. Let it be hope that better things are always ahead. Let it be hope that you can get through the toughest of times. Let it be hope that you are stronger than any challenge that comes your way. Let it be hope that you are exactly where you are meant to be right now, and that you are on the path to where you are meant to be… Because during these times, hope will be the very thing that carries you through.Nikki Banas