Having Good Mental Health Can Go A Long Way, Trust Me

Having Good Mental Health Can Go A Long Way, Trust Me

Every battle we conquer makes us stronger for the next.

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We all have our moments when we feel as if the whole world is on our shoulders or that nothing can possibly get any worse. For a lot of people, these moments can turn into days, weeks, months, or even years.

We become trapped inside our own head and after a while, we start to believe that we may never get out.

Reality becomes more and more distant and everyday tasks seem almost impossible to us.

What is most important to remember when going through all the struggles and pains of life is that reality will seem like it has vanished and is completely out of reach but that is only your mind playing tricks on you. Our minds are more powerful than we think.

When someone is sick, many of us go straight to the conclusion of a physical illness like a cold, flu, strep, etc., but there can be other reasons why a person is sick.

People will tell you to keep your body healthy, but that does not just mean eating your fruits and vegetables or washing your hands. We tend to look at our bodies as a physical aspect but our mind is a part of our body too, and we must keep it healthy as well.

A person's mental health plays a ginormous role in everyday life. As human beings, we are meant to go out into the world and explore new places and meet new people. This is good for our minds because it gives them the chance to interact and actually think about things.

If we were to stay in the same place forever and never talk to anyone, our minds would eventually turn against us because we would have never given them the opportunity to think about anything besides what is around us.

It is crucial for us to exercise our minds because when we are faced with anxiety and depression it will be much easier to beat it.

We all will cross paths with anxiety and depression at some point in our lifetime and some people are genetically born with it because it runs in their family. It challenges everyone in different ways but there is a cure and that is keeping aware of our mental health.

When you have been fighting the same battle for months now, sometimes you need to take a step back and realize how far you've already come. These challenges that we are faced with can only make us stronger.

Remember that our minds like to play tricks on us and make us believe that nothing will ever get better. Well, I have dealt with anxiety and depression my entire life and still do to this day, and I'm here to tell you that it does get better.

No matter how bad you think your life is at the moment, you must remember that you were lucky enough to wake up this morning. Use today and all the opportunities handed to you to the best of your ability because you will never get this day back.

Time does not stop so why should you?

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Sorry I'm A Size 00

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My whole life I’ve been thin—which is kind of an understatement. Every time I go to the doctor I get the same “you’re underweight” lecture that I’ve heard every year since I was able to form memories. I’ve never really felt insecure about my weight, I love being able to eat everything and not gain a single pound. Since my freshman year of high school I’ve probably only gained 8 pounds and I’m now a sophomore in college. Of course, in school, there were rumors that I was anorexic or bulimic, but everyone who knew me knew that was far from the truth. I’m now 19, 5’2, and I still have yet to break 100 pounds on the scale. It seems that there is a lot of skinny shaming going around and to me, one of the main contributors to that is the Dove Real Beauty campaign.

You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this because skinny girls get all the praise and other body types are neglected. That’s really not true, though. While loving other body types, you are tearing down skinny girls. Why is it okay to do that to skinny girls but not to other body types? Why is it okay to say “only dogs like bones” or say “every body type is beautiful” until you see a model's abs, or ribs, or thigh gap and then tear them down because they’re “unnaturally” skinny?



The point I’m trying to make is that, as a naturally skinny girl, I have never shamed anyone for their body type, yet I go every day and get at least two comments about my weight. I’m always the skinny girl, the toothpick, but I’m not Jessica. Yeah, I’m a size 00. Get over it. If you have an issue with my body and feel like my body is disgusting to you, don’t look at it. I know that I’m healthy and I don’t need your input when my body just naturally burns calories fast. I don’t have an eating disorder and never have. I am real beauty though, and I know that because I’m comfortable in my own skin. So maybe the real issue is that we as a society have been shoving certain body types down our daughters’ throats so they begin to romanticize models that have certain standards that they have to meet, who work hard for the bodies that they have, and are making a hell of a lot more money than most of the people discussing why they look emaciated while what they’re actually looking at is the photoshopped product.

I’m not going to apologize for being skinny when that is just how my body is, I can’t help it. So please, stop tearing my body down while trying to bring your body up. You can praise your body without shaming skinny girls. Shaming me for being thin does not make you better than the man that shamed your body, just as me shaming you for being curvy does not make me better than the man that shamed my body. As women, we need to love each other because we are the only ones who truly understand each other.


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When You're At A Crossroads In Life And Suicide Seems Like The Only Option, Choose Life

In the darkest of times, it may feel like the only way to fix your life is to end it.

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Life can be a tangled mess when things get complicated. Take it from somebody who knows and understands - it's not an easy place to be, especially when you desperately want to get back on your feet again. In times such as these, it's all too easy to allow your mind to drift to that all-too-depressing question: would everything be better if I disappeared forever?

As a blatant and honest answer before even getting into it: no. Regardless of where you stand in life, nothing could ever be further from a solution. I've seen the effects of it, I've felt the weight of it, and I've had times where I've even considered it. In the end, nobody wins in these situations, and those left behind are undoubtedly worse off for it.

We have to keep a check on our own mentalities.

When left unchecked, it's surprising just how dark our mindsets can be. We constantly overthink the interactions we have with other people, especially after going through a negative experience, such as a breakup or the death of someone close to us. In times like these, it's too easy to lose ourselves in our depression - and before long, the idea of leaving everything behind seems that much more reasonable.

There's nothing easy about making sure you keep these feelings in check, but you'll find that when you keep on top of the things that are dragging you down, positivity isn't far behind.

Learn not to make every little thing so dramatic.

When we're down, it's far too easy to overexaggerate everything that's going on. The more we feed into this negative mentality, the more likely we may be to give in to it, with dire consequences waiting on the horizon.

Reach out to others and do something to calm your thoughts.

In this time period, find select people whom you trust and whom you know will take you seriously, and let them know what's going on. It's going to hurt, but any pain you feel from going through these conversations will be infinitely better than the alternative.

In addition, try going out and doing something to still your nerves. There are bound to be friends who will be excited to see you, or you could even just take a peaceful walk down your street or in the woods. The world is your oyster, and you have every reason to explore every part of it that you can. It's worked well for me personally.

Music helps when you're walking, but it's not necessary. Just focus on appreciating the beautiful world that surrounds you, and use that to remember just how much better off that world is with you in it.

My older brother was unable to keep from giving in to the worst of his thoughts, and the effects of that caused emotional scars on my family that will never be sealed. I've had many friends struggle with similar thoughts, and after the events of last year, there were a few occasions where I considered it myself.

All of us just need to take a step back and appreciate what we DO have every time we've convinced ourselves that there's nothing here for us anymore. There will be pain to come in your future, but it will be nothing compared to the suffering you would put others through if you were to go down that path.

Step back from those crossroads and come back home, back in the direction from which you came. Nobody can promise you a life without strife, but I can tell you that you would be doing yourself a disservice by cutting off all your potential forever.

Hang in there. Get the help you need. No matter how bad it may seem, it will get better. When you keep this in mind, nothing can ever stop you.

It's time we got out and made some new memories.

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