You can’t just get over it
Those who are suffering with a mental illness would like nothing more than to simply ‘get over it’ but it’s easier said then done. Mental health may not always be physically seen, compared to let’s say the flu or a broken arm, but it is still wholly as present as any other issue. If everyone could just ‘get over’ their mental illness more people would be worry free and happy, but that’s not our reality because mental health is everyone’s reality at sometime or another. We must remember without the sadness that everyone feels at sometime or another, we would not know what happiness is.
Mental illness only affects the mind
Mental illnesses can also affect someone physically including...
Anxiety is like a tight knot in your stomach that you can't untwist, an acid eating away at the emptiness, taking away any feelings of hunger.
Sometimes your mind becomes blank and you are no longer mentally present. You have a foggy mind making it difficult to think, concentrate or form thoughts.
Anxiety is a fist that begins to clench your chest, tighter and tighter.It is to be shaking with cold and feeling so exhausted as if all the life has been sucked out of you.
Mental health shows weakness
Mental health is many things but weakness is not one of them.
Mental health can be stressing out about everything all the time but also not really caring about anything at all.
It is to feel trapped in a cyclone of fear and negative thoughts, your thoughts are uncontrollable, running wild in a million different directions.
But anxiety makes you terrified that if you miss something, you will be further behind than what you already are, so you constantly try to do the thing anxiety stops you from doing. Mental health means you constantly have to fight against your own mind that becomes your biggest commentator that constantly points out every flaw and every worst scenario in any situation. It means you have to fight a demon called depression, a sadness that wants to overwhelm you. It is to fight against the stigma pushed upon you by society.
Living with a mental illness and learning to believe that it’s okay not to be okay equals strength, not failure or weakness, but strength.
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