Mental health can mean different things to different people. To me, mental health means being at peace in the moment. For someone that has struggled with anxiety and depression for more than half of their life, the feeling of being settled, still, and at peace is what matters most to me in this chaotic world that we are living in. Since Covid-19 started, I have been more restless and anxious as ever. Not having the stability of my family and friends readily available to see in person was unsettling and scary as ever. It’s so important to find ways to support your mental health and support others while they care for their own mental health.
Some ways you can observe Mental Health Awareness Month are by taking care of yourself, taking care of your loved ones, and by talking about mental health. I like to take care of myself by talking to my friends and family on the phone. This helps keep my anxiety at bay because I know that I am keeping myself and them safe from Covid-19 by not seeing them in person, yet I am able to stay in contact with them. As a social worker, I find it important to talk about my anxieties and stressors to those around me. By doing this, I am advocating for myself and helping to destigmatize my mental health struggles.
Mental health is important because it gives us a reason to celebrate who we are, no matter what. It has taken me a long time to accept some of my quirks, but it is who I am and that is something to celebrate. Having anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, obsessive compulsive disorder, or even dementia does not need to define who we are. With the love and support of my boyfriend, I am able to go through the ups and downs that come with life at a pace I can handle.
Mental health does not have to be something you are “cursed” with. It makes us who we are, and we should be celebrated. If you are feeling lonely, and need someone to talk to, do not hesitate to give us a call. CareWell Services has a friendly phone reassurance program, and we would love to talk to you! Please call 269-441-0930.