Mental Health is a funny thing. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the ways people talk about mental health and physical health.
I wrote a post a few months ago discussing how I stopped taking antidepressants. By no stretch has it been an easy path. But the thing is ‘recovery’ to a certain extent, never stops.
When we talk about physical health, it’s an ongoing mission. We’re constantly trying to keep our bodies healthy, whether it’s keeping our bodies in optimum shape, to lose a little extra weight, to tone up, gain strength, gain energy etc. etc. The list goes on doesn’t it? And then you have the more obvious type of ‘healthy’, where if you get physically sick with a virus, bug or disease, you try to fight it. My point is there’s never going to be an end. We’re always fighting to be ‘healthy’, in one way or another. There will be trip ups and things that set us back, that’s part of being human.
With mental health however, I feel like there’s a pressure for there to be this concrete end goal where you are mentally ‘happy’. Don’t get me wrong, a goal like that is always a good one. Nobody wants to be unhappy or mentally unwell for long periods of time. However, at the same time, health doesn’t really work like that.
Working on your mental health is a constant thing. It doesn’t end. But suffering from mental illnesses can end. What I’m trying to say is, don’t be so hard on yourself. Bad days happen and they happen to pretty much everyone. So many people around you will have stories and experiences with depression, anxiety, OCD and psychotic episodes to name a few. This doesn’t belittle your personal experiences, but rather shows, it’s something that can happen to everyone. Mental health is ongoing for so many – It’s not something that just ends.
I wouldn’t class myself as having depression. I would say that my PTSD is currently under control (which is technically my diagnosis). But it doesn’t mean that I don’t have ‘off days’ and need to chill out.
Talking openly about mental health, in the same way we talk about physical health, is important for me. For me, it’s time that stress, anxiety, depression are taken more seriously, because they do have physical effects over time.
I’m Eleanor, a UK Manchester based Lifestyle & Beauty Blogger. I write about beauty products, feminism, mental health and my adventures in the big city of MCR.