It's OK Not To Be OK, But It's Not OK Not To Say Anything About It
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It's OK Not To Be OK, But It's Not OK Not To Say Anything About It

And honestly, I need to learn to take my own advice.

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It's OK Not To Be OK, But It's Not OK Not To Say Anything About It

I don't have to tell you that being positive all the time is a nearly impossible task. Things get you down, people get you down, it happens. Negativity is pretty much inevitable, but that doesn't mean that you just have to deal with it on your own.

I learned a few minutes ago (as I'm writing this, not as you're reading it) that May is Mental Health Awareness Month (honestly, I probably already knew this, but my memory is spotty, so we'll just go with it). That means that now is a good a time as ever for me to write this particular article that has been sitting in draft mode for weeks.

Something I've heard a million times before is that it's okay not to be okay. Truly, it is. It's silly to think that a person could be okay 24/7, because that's just not feasible. So many things happen to a person all at once that it can sometimes be overwhelming and end up having negative effects on their mood or mentality. A phone call, a conversation, a song, even the weather, can change a person's mood in the short amount of time it takes up in their day.

With that being said, what's not okay is hurting and not talking to someone about it.

Find a friend, a family member, or any trusted adult (could be your parents, your friend's parents, a teacher, a therapist, literally anyone you feel comfortable talking to) and just talk to them. Sometimes you'll need more than just talking to feel better, but a major step in that process is talking about it and letting your feelings out.

I am such a hypocrite because I always keep things bottled up until I explode, which is never a good thing. I've been way better at talking to people when I have problems, but there's still a lot of room for me to improve.

If you don't feel comfortable talking about what's going on, writing your feelings down in a journal, on a piece of paper, heck, even in your phone is a good start. Just know that you don't have to suffer silently and you definitely don't have to suffer alone.

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline — 1-800-273-8255

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