This isn’t a topic I talk about much at all, I like to keep my cards close to my chest and I guess I don’t really want to admit that some days there are a lot of things that I struggle with. I’ve battled with mental health issues for a long time and I have had treatment for my anxiety-induced panic attacks (I haven’t had a full blown one since).
I thought that this is the appropriate time to write about mental health (don’t hold your breath for another post about this anytime soon). Recently we’ve seen Prince Harry and Stormzy talk publicly about their mental health battles which I think has been truly amazing for awareness, especially for young men who more often than not suffer in silence.
I picked up my weekly copy of Stylist magazine just before I got on the train home last week and noticed a tiny picture of The Wellbeing Journal on the recommended page (I have a serious love/hate relationship with this page as does my bank account) so of course a dizzy 20 seconds later I had completed the transaction on my iPhone for this beautiful little journal.
Growing up, my mum always told me to write things down if I felt overwhelmed by the mess in my head, it’s a good way to realise the weight things have in your mind and it really helps with rationalising anxious thoughts.
The Wellbeing Journal has been developed with mental health charity MIND and focuses on this connection with reflection, creativity and your feelings and emotions.
It is filled to the brim with inspiring activities including colouring and writing prompts to encourage you to spill your guts to the pages through expression. The wonderful thing is that nobody else has to see it and it’s small enough to fit in your handbag or even a (very) large pocket.
Even if you are not somebody who actively suffers with mental health issues like anxiety and depression it’s worth looking after your mental health like you would your physical health – just cos you can’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there!
Activities like these can help you to regulate and keep your mental health in check which should be a priority for anyone! A recent study published by the Mental Health Foundation found that only 13% of people reported living with high levels of good mental health. 13%?! Depression affects almost 50% of people at some point in their life.
Finding the time to be mindful and have ‘me-time’ should be pencilled in every week. Whether it’s reading a book, colouring, having a bath, playing a sport, watching telly or using a creativity journal like this one, find the time for it. It’s important.
I know a lot of you reading this will have suffered with mental health issues at some point and you may even be suffering now. Just know that you are not alone in this, and that there is a light at the end of the tunnel even if it doesn’t always seem that way.
I hope this post might help someone in some way, even if it’s just a little bit we can help towards removing the stigma attached to mental health.
You can find The Wellbeing Journal on Amazon or The Books Depository for about £6.99.