World Mental Health Day 2020

“It’s OK not to be OK”… It’s not OK to not be OK, not for a prolonged period anyway. What that phase actually means is, it is good to be open about not being OK.

Yes we all have bad days and low moods, but if you are often full of dread, you have a low mood more often than not, you’re plagued with intrusive thoughts, experiencing anxiety attacks…

Listen to and notice your feelings and thoughts.

Listen to your own physical symptoms of anxiety (for me, this is like a writhing bag of snakes in the pit of my belly, my cheeks redden, heart racing, sometimes palpitations, sometimes breathless panic attacks strike when I am just walking down the street).

Do not listen to “this too shall pass”.

Do try to express your feelings to people who care about you, and they will listen. Be open with your line manager.

Go to your GP. Take medication if you need it, there is no shame in that, it can really clear the fog and help you function.

Refer yourself to your nearest Healthy Minds service, and don’t put that off – the waiting lists are long and growing and you’re nowhere in the waiting list until you take that first step.

Phone the Samaritans.

Text Shout.

Do not listen to people telling you (or you telling yourself) that it is normal to feel low, that everybody has bad days. You are likely to need a leg-up to climb out of this pit.

Author: Charlie Hart

Late-diagnosed autistic working mum, attempting to write an amusing semi-autobiographical novel with a twist.

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