First, Do What's Best For You And Your Mental Health

First, Do What's Best For You And Your Mental Health

It's okay to put yourself first sometimes.

Your mental health is so important and absolutely nothing that you should be ashamed of. It is something that you should learn to love about yourself and make sure you take care of, not only yourself but also your mental health. Mental health has such a negative stigma around it still when really we should be me open about it and the ways that we can help our friends, loved ones and even ourselves deal with it and learn to live with it.

Mental health is such a broad overstatement but does anyone really know how many different types of mental health there are, how many different things people can suffer from that is included under the mental health umbrella? When most people hear that someone is suffering from a mental illness they usually think that most people are talking about depression, anxiety or bipolar disorder, while this can be true and is common there are so many more disorders out there and no matter where under the umbrella you fall, your mental health is just as important as everyone else's.

Learning to love your mental health is an extremely hard thing to do. Trust me, it is something that I struggle with every day of my life but it isn’t impossible and it makes life so much brighter when you start loving your mental health and yourself. So many great things happen in your life when you start loving your mental health. Here a just a few amazing things that happen when you start to love your mental health: getting out of bed is so much easier, showering becomes a normal thing and not something that only happens once a week, interacting with people becomes just a little bit easier. Now, I know not everyone deals with those issues but those a just a few examples. Start loving your mental health and see where it take you because I would love to know.

Your mental health is the most important thing in the world so please take care of it and yourself. Don’t be ashamed of it, do what is best for you. If that means taking a semester off, that’s OK, if that means attending therapy two times a week that’s OK, if that means taking medicine to balance it out that’s OK. All of these things and more are OK and if anyone ever shames you for these things or anything else, don’t listen to them because nine out of ten times it is because they are too scared to get help for their own mental health. Do what is best for YOU, not everyone else, because in the end, you are the most important in your life, always remember that.

No matter what you suffer from, whether it is the most common mental health issue or a mental health issue that is super uncommon and most haven’t heard of, your mental health is still valid and important.

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13 Gross Things Girls Do That Boys Don't Know About

From a girl, about girls.

There's always talk about how gross boys are all the time, it's now time to talk about how gross maybe even how much more disgusting girls can be. It may not even be disgusting, but just weird, but we are girls. What can we say?

1. Gorilla legs.

It's not that we don't want to...okay, that was a lie. Every girl can agree that they only shave during bathing suit season when you're wearing a dress, or when you're gonna get it on. Basically, If she shaves her legs you're special.

2. When did I last wash this bra again?

We wear the same exact bra, for days, and weeks, and who knows for how long.

3. It's not just the bra's, it's the pants too.

We wear jeans and leggings like twenty times before we think about washing them.

4. We don't wash our hair every day.

Because unwashed hair is the best styling hair. Also because looking good takes too much work.

5. We are always picking at our faces, especially pimples.

As soon as we walk by a mirror, its a must. Car mirrors are awesome to pop those suckers and pluck rampant eyebrow hairs. We pop pimples like its our job.

6. We will live in your clothes.

If you somehow let your significant other or friend wear your sweatshirt you're never getting it back... and she's never taking it off. Girls will wear that sh*t until your scent is gone because we love it.

7. We poop.

Believe it or not... it happens to us too. Women don't make it as much as a show as boys do. We hide it from you and will hold it until you're not around. And you've probably received a lot of selfies on the toilet.

8. The dreaded monthly gift.

Probably the most disgusting thing to ever happen to the human body. But everyone knows about menstruating, but most guys don't understand the other things that come along with it, like the cramps that bring period farts and the nasty bowel movements and blood clots.

9. Finding hair from our head in our butt cheeks.

Yeah, it's a thing. Your head hair crawls it's way down there occasionally.

10. We smell ourselves a lot.

We are super conscious about how we smell...especially down there.

11. We let it fly.

We will hold in our farts from you, but as soon as we are alone... that's a different story. You better hope we don't get too comfortable around you too quick.

12. Sometimes we have to improvise.

Sometimes mother nature likes to come when we aren't ready, or prepared with the supplies. There are numerous occasions where we start bleeding and have to create this bundle of toilet paper and just shove it down there.

13. Looking at our panties and trying to figure out what came out.

Sometimes you just don't know for sure.

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Grades K-12: What We WEREN'T Taught

They never taught the most important lessons.

In my years of schooling, I've gone through preschool all the way into graduating my senior year. Yet, in all those years of education, I was never taught to love myself and why it was so important to do so.

In middle school, my friends and I were picked on frequently for our interests, our styles, who we were dating, and just overall who we were as people. One afternoon, we had a schoolwide JDRF diabetes walk. One of my best friends and her girlfriend were holding hands, while another friend and I had a conversation between the four of us.

A half hour into the walk, one of our peers came up to my friend and her girlfriend and began harassing her. They were asking inappropriate questions like, "How do you have sex?", or "Don't you feel disgusting?" They then slapped the third friend's butt.

We went inside and went directly to the principal. To avoid naming any names, we'll call her Dr. A. Being that Dr. A was a lesbian herself, with children, we thought that she would be more understanding. She certainly was not.

We explained the situation to her, to which she replied with, "It's your fault; you can't expect people to not make fun of you when you have two girls holding hands. You should have known better." We then explained the situation of the third friend being inappropriately slapped, to which she replied again, "She should have known better as well."

That was the day I was taught that keeping the other students appeased was more important than our safety.

In high school, I dated someone who didn't go to school with us and lost a lot of friends in the process. From sophomore year up until the day I graduated, I came to school crying. I left school crying. I cried during school. I stopped participating in school clubs, and I started going to the library instead of lunch.

No one said anything.

I never had anyone ask if I was okay. I was never asked if I needed help. I was in a toxic relationship for two years and never was I asked if I needed someone. Getting out of that relationship was the best decision I could have ever made for myself.

That was the time I was taught that minding your own business was more important than the well-being of others.

Throughout our schooling, we as women are ridiculed by the way that we dress and the way that we act. We are pulled out of class because our shoulders are showing or because our bra straps are showing. God forbid, we wouldn't want anyone to know that women wear bras, while the male students are walking around schools with their pants around their ankles.

We are constantly taught that keeping THEM focused is more important than OUR education.

I spent years trying to find who I am, spiritually and physically. I spent years trying to remove the bullet like insults from my skin that had shot at me for years. Yet, it was a lesson that I had to learn by myself.

No one in my days of education taught me that I was important. No one in school taught my friends and I that it was okay to defend ourselves. We were taught to think identically, to memorize the material on the next text. Sit up straight, never speak out of turn, raise your hand, and never question what you're being told.

Never in our years of education were we taught how to love ourselves.

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