On this World Mental Health Day I’m going to share two of the things that help me, and three things that are true of you — and everyone else.
The first is this list, which I have attached to my wardrobe. I wrote it when I was in a good place, so that when I’m in a bad place I can use the techniques to make things better. I’ve had lists like this for a long time and their presence alone is calming.
The second is Andrew Johnson hypnotherapy apps. I’ve had most of these on my phone for five years, and they never fail to calm me down. If I feel so low or anxious that I have to lie down and escape the world, these apps stop me from spiralling and getting even worse.
Here are three things that are true for every single person in the world.
- It’s okay to talk about your mental health. It’s not a dirty word. You’re not a burden, and talking to people about your problems will help. Speaking about it will be like untying the knot in your chest.
- Your mental health is as important as your physical health: taking care of your mind is as important as taking care of your body. Saying “I can’t do this, my mental health is acting up” is absolutely okay. Your feelings are valid and important.
- If you’re feeling rubbish, I promise that you will not always feel like this. Feeling hopeless, miserable, lonely, sad, anxious: these are feelings. They don’t reflect truths.