Tomorrow is World Mental Health Day and I wanted to bring your awareness to some staggering stats + give you 7 super SIMPLE tips you can use to go from feeling Crappy to HAPPY.
According to worldometers there are 7.6 billion people on our planet right now. 300 + million of them suffer from depression and 200 + million suffer with anxiety. Keep in mind these numbers are veeerry skewed because of the stigma attached to mental illness. Often times men will not report any struggles that they’re having with mental illness because they are expected to be strong and carrying everybody else’s issues and struggles on their shoulders while they compartmentalize their own struggles. This truth has lead to a lot of men taking their own lives because they’re unable to deal with or articulate the struggles happening inside their minds.
Women are more apt to talk about their mental struggles, but still, according to the world health organization, “more women are affected by depression than men” another studies from NCBI, suggest that “female hormonal fluctuations may be a trigger for depression because women display more sensitivity to interpersonal relationships, whereas men displayed more sensitivity to external career and goal-oriented factors. Women also experience specific forms of depression-related illness, including premenstrual dysphoric disorder, postpartum depression and postmenopausal depression and anxiety, that are associated with changes in ovarian hormones and could contribute to the increased prevalence in women.”
I am sharing these statistics with you to let you know that you are NOT alone. If these many people are struggling with some form of mental illness then there is defiantly a breakdown in the fiber of our society. This breakdown will not be dealt with if we don’t speak up about what we’re going through internally and externally. When we talk about what we’re going through with others, we’re giving ourselves permission to take it out of our mind so it can be dealt with properly. We are also allowing yourselves to be vulnerable so others can help us.
We can’t heal on our own, my loves. It takes a tribe of heart centred Kerbears to help us through the dark times. Life has many twist and turn but it is how we deal with them that define who we’re and who we’re destined to be.
I will leave you with this beautiful Marla Angelou quote:
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
Here are 6 super SIMPLE things you can do right NOW to change your mood from Crappy to HAPPY!
1.) Start saying No to things you don’t want to do.
2.) Drink a tall glass of water (add some freshly squeezed lemon 🍋 juice for some added refreshing flavour) every hour.
3.) Invest in some gemstones to Help You Manage Your emotions: 3 Powerful Gemstones to help with Depression and Anxiety
A. Rose Quartz: “These stones are a soft pink colour. They are used for unconditional love, to heal and open the heart, calm and release unexpressed emotions.”
“Rose Quartz has the ability to teach one how to love one’s self, encourages forgiveness and acceptance.”
B. Amethyst: “These stones are used for increasing intuition, calming the nervous system and supporting sobriety from alcohol. Amethyst is also a powerful and protective stone.”
“It guards against bad energy, it’s also a natural tranquilizer that relieves stress and strain. Amethyst also helps to soothe irritability and anxiety.”
C. Citrine: “Citrine is a stone of abundance. It’s said to help manifest wealth, success, happiness and prosperity. It’s a happy, generous stone, that allows us to share with others as well as enjoy what you have.
“This is an excellent stone for overcoming depression. It helps to verbalize thoughts and ideas, and helps to balance emotions. Citrine is great for balance.”
4.) Pick up a fun hobby that you can do with your hands, like painting, cooking or drawing ✍🏽.
5. Go for a walk outside in nature at least once a day. Lace up your running shoes, grab a bottle of water, pop in your headphones and go for it.
6.) AVOID alcohol at all cost when you’re feeling low. Alcohol is a depressant, which means it alters your brain chemicals, which affect your thoughts and your emotions to increase your anxiety.
7.) LET THAT SH*T GO! Obsessing over things you have no control over will cause you pain and develop sickness within your body. Decide RIGHT NOW to just let it all go. Things you can’t do anything about just let them go. Things you can do something about, do what you can about them then let the worry go.