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Its okay not to feel okay

There is so much stigma attached to anxiety, depression, OCD and most importantly mental illnesses. This week it was National Mental Health Day. A topic that needs to be educated to children more and for the majority of people to understand that if you don't feel OK, it is OK, please don't feel like you have to hide it.

Mental illnesses seem to be swept under the carpet a lot. A topic that barely reaches conversation and you wonder why so many people feel alone and isolated. I don't understand how we can take time off work or school for a cold, sickness bug or some other form of illness, all physical things we can see, but why can't we ring up because we physically can't drag ourselves out of bed, because we feel so low? 

If you're an anxious person like me, you've probably been told numerous times 'get over it'. Can you get over an illness in seconds? No. You can't just say to someone get over it, because its not that easy. I remember I had my first job at 16 in Boots, I must have called in sick every other week because I couldn't face being around people, I was miserable and completely despised the way I looked, I felt sick over the thought of having face to face interactions with the public, but all I could do was make out I was sick. Why should we have to hide how we feel? We shouldn't. Simple as.

There are so many people in this world that have no one to talk to because they feel they are in the wrong for feeling a certain way or acting a certain way. The stigma that is attached and labels makes it harder for people to open up and I find that very heart breaking. If you know someone who suffers with a mental illness, however much that person may depend on you (which may get hard) please don't leave their side, because talking and someone being there for you really helps (plus makes you a pretty fab person too).

If you ever need someone to talk to please PLEASE do not hesitate to contact me and I WILL reply without a doubt. Even if you think you sound stupid or that its petty what you're saying or how you feel, trust me its not, society makes you believe that it is.

Here are some tips to help you out:

1) Your not alone, you will be very surprised to know how many people are in the same boat as you, its OK to reach out.
2)Talking is so important, whether that is to a loved one or a stranger, open up and things will get a lot better.
3)Set goals, I know how hard this can be when you feel so low, you don't see a good future for yourself, but please refrain as much as you can from this negative mindset and set yourself some weekly goals.
4) Be active and eat healthy, these are two distractions that will make you feel physically and mentally a lot better.
5)Go to sleep at reasonable times.
6)Keep in touch with close friends, don't push them away. 


Remember you're a beautiful person inside and out and if you put your mind to it you can achieve anything x

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