This is a nature blog first and foremost, but in this post I want to talk about something a little different, mental health. Mental health is just as important as any other so don’t neglect it. Give it the time and attention it deserves, that you deserve. We live in a society plagued with varying hardships, an abundance of bad news, and now a worldwide pandemic. In addition we all have personal problems that we have to deal with on a daily basis. These things combined can at times overwhelm even the most resilient of individuals. Making us feel like giving up, for some permanently.
I want to address a couple things. One being that us humans have the tendency at times to suppress our emotions, or feel the need to put up a strong demeanor for others. We can also be very independent at times, feeling like we have to go through and overcome our struggles by ourselves. In reality none of us need to, or should have to face our storms alone. In the words of Bill Withers, ” We all need somebody to lean on”. Rather extroverted or introverted, humans are social beings in the sense that we all need support and encouragement at times. Someone to listen to, and someone to listen to us.
Reaching out though can be much easier said than done, especially for ones suffering from mental illnesses. So please use this as a reminder to check up on your loved ones. Let them know that they’re cared for, loved, and that you will be the companion they need in their darkest hours. Some are very good at hiding their true pain, the war deep within their heart and mind, so don’t just assume that because they seem fine outwardly, that they are on the inside. With that being said, it’s important to not be overbearing or too forward in your approach. Subtleness and tactfulness go a long away. And if you yourself need someone but feel too embarrassed, reserved, or don’t want to seem negative, like a burden too others in regards of talking about your problems, know that those who truly care about you will welcome you and your problems with opens arms.
In conclusion, there’s nothing wrong with needing help. So be someone who reaches out, rather it be in regards to helping someone else or getting help for yourself. Surround yourself with support, fight the urge to bear the storm alone. Rather it be a friend, a family member, a hotline, God, etc., reach out. Most importantly whatever war you are fighting within, keep fighting. Don’t give up. The war can be won. I may not know you personally, but I love you and care for your well being. So fight, fight fight!