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It’s Mental Health Awareness Week in NZ, so it’s a great time to take stock of how we’re doing mentally and emotionally.
Are we ok? Are our friends and family ok? Try and pay attention to how you are feeling this week and also check in with loved ones to see how they are doing.
This is the perfect time to reflect on what’s around us and the people we hang out with – are they good for us, or not so much? It’s sometimes helpful to step back from those who might not have our best interests at heart. The litmus test? How do they make you feel?
Treat your mental health with respect by doing the best for yourself. Don’t say yes when you mean no and allow other people to do the same.
Be mindful of anything that is an attempt to distract from how you’re feeling. For example, trying to keep very busy all the time. It can mask emotions that people would prefer to avoid.
If feeling off-balance, reach out to friends and family, or mental health professionals. Even the strongest people need support from time to time, I know I have, so don’t feel ashamed of it.
‘What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation.’ (Glenn Close)
Take care and be kind to yourself and each other