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Life as you know doesn't always go to plan whether you were hoping to get an A+ in the latest assignment, the job promotion you always wanted or a relationship with someone. At times like this, it is normal for us as humans to feel sadness, grief and even uncertainty. Sometimes, these memories can stick with us for hours, days, weeks and even months; this then affects us both physically and mentally, thus restricting our ability on a daily basis. I want to ask you: In this year alone, how many of the people you know have felt uncertainty and/or stress as a result of personal reasons or COVID-19? While that is fresh in your head, I want to tell you a short-story of mine.
Some of the readers out there would know that I’m currently in my last year of High School. It is honestly a nerve-wracking experience since it’s like everything you’ve worked for in the past 12 years leads up to this moment; so it’s only right that it's a big thing right? Well if you live in Australia you would know that we have first experienced the worst bushfire season followed by floods and then the Global Pandemic.This then adds on to my level of stress and uncertainty since restrictions/isolations caused my school to shut for 3 weeks; creating a huge gap in our education.
Now, that’s just one of many ways a person’s mental health can be impacted. In fact, there are all sorts of factors that influence a person whether it’s big or small. Some may include:
And these are just some examples. Many individuals in our society and the world have experienced this at some point in their lives and it’s not O-K. Everyone has the right to feel loved, the right to feel confident, to be cared for and treated fairly. I don’t know about you, but did you know that poor mental health can lead to issues such as:
Anxiety, Depression and eventually Death?
Did you know:
All Of This Can Be Prevented
Back to my story for a moment, I was under a constant amount of stress just before trials and it felt even worse during my exams week; it was to the extent that I couldn’t sleep or eat properly, I started to have doubts of my future and questioning myself: “What if I fail”?
It doesn’t hurt to check-up on others. A simple question like “Are you feeling ok” or “How have you been lately” is effective because it shows the other person that you genuinely care and it makes them feel appreciated.
If you are reading this and you have experienced similar situations or is currently experiencing it, may I encourage you to tell a reliable someone about it? It may seem really nerve-wracking because you might be judged, but I want to point out that there are plenty of people that are here and ready to support you, to listen to you and appreciate you.
If you are reading this and you know someone who may be having a rough time, may I also encourage you to talk to them? It would mean the world to them to have someone that they can lean on. Like the saying goes “With small things, big things grow”; you can potentially improve or save someone’s life by simply checking up on them.
I hope whoever’s reading can be encouraged because you matter a lot, just because you’re going through rough times doesn’t make you any less likable or appreciated; in fact it means that we’re not doing a good job loving and caring for eachother. Like the title suggests, “You don’t know your worth” but you are valued more than anything in the world. If you enjoyed reading this or you want someone to talk to, don’t be afraid to slide into my dms. I’m sure there are also plenty of people in HDA that you can talk to if you don’t like me :( To conclude, there are also plenty of organisations that are out there ready to step in for you and support/guide you through whatever you may be facing; you just need to look up organisations in your country.
Thanks so much for reading this and I hope it can make a difference.
Maddy is a member of HDA and is editor of this blog, there are many contributors on this blog, if you would like to be a contributor please contact me!
Edited by: Vibrational