How do you feel today after yesterday’s post?
It’s funny really, but today I feel quite bad. I’m just about to fly out for the weekend and I feel bad that I’m not home for my son. He’s a twenty year old young man and is not bothered that I’m not there but with it being Mother’s Day on Sunday, I feel really bad. We have a great relationship and I can talk to him about anything, he’s like my best friend.
However, I’ve seen this article on the internet, have a read of this:
Anyone can suffer from mental or emotional health problems—and over a lifetime most of us will. This year alone, about one in five of us will suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder. Yet, despite how common mental health problems are, many of us make no effort to improve our situation.
We ignore the emotional messages that tell us something is wrong and try toughing it out by distracting ourselves or self-medicating with alcohol, drugs, or self-destructive behaviors. We bottle up our problems in the hope that others won’t notice. We hope that our situation will eventually improve on its own. Or we simply give up—telling ourselves this is “just the way we are.”
The good news is: you don’t have to feel bad. There are practices you can adopt to elevate your mood, become more resilient, and enjoy life more. But just as it requires effort to build and maintain physical health, so it is with mental health. We have to work harder these days to ensure strong mental health, simply because there are so many ways that life takes a toll on our emotional well-being.
With this in mind, I shall enjoy the weekend with my boyfriend and look forward to seeing my son next weekend. However, I’m determined not to put my life on hold as some people expect me too. Life is very short and I intend to enjoy it as much as I can.
Have a great evening and I shall catch up with you tomorrow.