Wednesday, January 31, 2018

If you notice that I'm more active on Twitter today, it's because it's Bell Let's Talk day. It's a day devoted to ending the stigma around mental health issues and promoting open conversation about mental health. I always look forward to this day because I believe mental health is just as important as your physical health. I personally have worked through mental health issues in my life, but I know there are so many people who suffer in silence and it should not be this way. 

My tweeting thumbs are ready!

I believe the most important thing in this world is self-care. It may sound like a cliche, but you really cannot pour from an empty cup - so it's imperative you take care of yourself. Self-care can manifest in many different ways; from staying in bed for a day to completing a task you have been dreading. For me, self-care is going to the gym, vacuuming or blogging. I have also started using Headspace for meditation. I have only been doing 2-3 minutes a day, but I have already noticed a difference in how I interact with my thoughts!

In addition to self-care - I also believe in using coping mechanisms to help in hard situations. I struggle with anxiety at times and my coping mechanisms help me immensely. For example, I have a lot of anxiety around driving. I understand it's necessary for me to drive because the public transit system in my city is not an efficient means of transportation for my lifestyle. Getting behind the wheel really stresses me out so I try to combat that by being as prepared as possible for the drive. I make sure to leave with extra time, I'll chew gum to help with teeth clenching, and I always make sure I have a good playlist ready to go. 

I know there is a long way to go when it comes to ending the stigma of mental illness. The world has certainly come a long way but there is always room for improvement. Many vulnerable people do not have access to good mental health care and that is devastating. I strongly believe that everyone who needs mental health care should have access to it. Therapy, medication and other specialized care should always be easily accessible and no one should have to worry that they can't afford to seek help. My hope this Bell Let's Talk day is that we continue to raise awareness and funds for the vulnerable so that everyone can receive the care they need and deserve. 

Please add #BellLetsTalk to your tweets today, as $0.05 will be donated every time you do so. If you are a Bell customer every text and call will garner a donation. There is a Facebook profile photo frame and Snapchat filter which will also garner donations. You can find more details on the Bell Let's Talk website.

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