Mental Health Awareness Week 2021
It’s Mental Health Awareness Week 2021. A week dedicated to encouraging people to speak out about their mental health.
We can show people that mental health is important.
The theme for this year is nature. During England’s first lockdown I discovered how much nature could help my mental health. Just being out in the fresh air and appreciating everything around me made me feel calm. Since then, I’ve had a few set backs which make being out in nature a little more difficult. However, this is something I plan to continue working on (hopefully with a dog beside me in the next few weeks!).
Do you find yourself feeling calmer around nature?
To those of you that are new, let me tell you my story…
I’ve struggled with my mental health for as long as I can remember, although I didn’t always know what it was. As a child I was terrified of certain things but couldn’t explain why. I now know that it was part of my Emetophobia (a severe fear of vomiting) and anxiety. At the age of 11, I caught food poisoning and from there my Emetophobia stemmed. It was a difficult period of my life as I struggled to leave the house and to eat. However, I refused to let it control me and I kept fighting against it. Until the age of 16 I was homeschooled because of my mental health.
I then had a really good patch from the age of 16 to 22 where I completed my GCSEs, A levels, degree, and masters. During my masters, the stress affected my mental health. I also realised I was no longer interested in pursuing a legal career. Despite all this, I kept pushing myself. I finished my masters and started a temporary position as a paralegal. During this time, I was incredibly unhappy. A family member was then involved in an accident and it made me realise life is too short to be unhappy. I handed in my notice at the job a few weeks later and focused on forging my career as a freelance writer.
Unfortunately, I failed to confront my mental health. A year later I caught Norovirus and was very ill. Because of this I have been struggling with my mental health since. In the weeks following I was in an awful place. I didn’t want to live, but thankfully my boyfriend was by my side throughout it all. The only thing that kept me going was him. For the past few years, I’ve been fighting to get my life back. It’s been really difficult and there’s been many setbacks but I refuse to let my mental health control my life.
Helpful resources that I’ve created…
You can find numerous mental health posts on this blog. They range from my own experiences to a handful of guest posts where others have shared their own experiences. I share my journey in hope that others can relate. This blog helped me on some of my darker days and it helped me connect with others that were going through something similar. I want to do the same for other people. If you’re struggling with your mental heath then please know that you’re not alone.
Mental Health Videos
You can find the playlist here. The videos range from my own story to bitesized videos discussing various elements of mental health.
I’ve created a downloadable of things that I’ve learned that have helped me start to control my anxiety. This is from years of experience and my recent therapy. You can find them here.
It’s £1 or use the code MHW21 this week for 50% off.