It’s world mental health day today and I think it’s a good time for everyone to engage in a little bit of self reflection. I could make the focus of this post about the history of mental health, why it’s important and all the generic posts you see everywhere – but I write extensively about mental health so there’s no point in me even bothering. The history is important, seeing it as a real thing is important, but I’ve already written about that at length and honestly I’d just feel like I’m repeating myself even more than I already have.
So what is the focus of this post going to be about you may (not) ask? Well it’s world mental health day, I think it’s a good time to check in on yourself and everyone in your life. If you want to know about self care and how to practice it, I have a few posts ready for you to read if you haven’t already.
- Best ways to relax after a long day
- Small self care tips
- My weekend self care routine
- A simple guide to self love
- How to finesse your self esteem
- Self care at work
I also have a ‘mental health’ section of my blog with various different posts about different aspects of mental health which I’d also recommend browsing through.
Mental health has always been important to me, not only do I come from a community that denies it’s existence, but that same community is riddled with it. As a Somali woman I’ve literally watched the effects both within myself, and in my family and honestly most of it could have been avoided if we didn’t have a lot of stigma surrounding mental health.
Counselling was a seen as a dirty word and it still is to an extent, but honestly it helps a lot of people out there, and it’s really important to focus on your mental health as much as your physical health – see I’ve repeated myself, I wrote this in another posts many moons back.
One thing I haven’t emphasised enough is to also check in on your friends, regardless of whether you know about their struggle or not. Sometimes a simple check up is enough, it doesn’t have to lead to a deep conversation or a break through, but being there really helps a lot of people – especially if they’re in the dark place.