Why I didn't talk about #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek

This is going to be a hard one to write.

There are several reasons why, I, someone who claims to blog about and be an advocate for Mental Health, did not talk about it last week at all.

Here are the 3 main reasons why I didn't.

1. It's triggering for me

Right now, I am in a werid headspace. I am feeling good and I am trying to focus on all the wonderful positives in my life, which there are many of currently, thankfully. I was really excited about #NationalVegetarianWeek last week, so I wanted to focus all of my energy on that. It's hard to talk about talking about mental health when you don't feel like talking about it. One thing I hate in this world is hypocrites, and I couldn't bring myself to talk on about MH when I didn't know entirely what to say, or what advice I should offer.

2. It's triggering for others

For many people affected by mental health, it is hard for them to see it everywhere. You may say this is "selfish" of them, but one of the main ways I cope is to ignore. Yes, not the best thing to do, and by ignore I do not mean surpress, I mean to focus my energy elsewhere, and really put my all into the good in my life. By constantly seeing and hearing about sensitive matters, it can really trigger people and put them in an uncomfotable situation. It's like watching 13RW without the trigger warnings. It can get really intense.

3. Let's talk about it all the time, in an unpressurised way

I like to incorporate mental health into my blog on a regular basis. I talk about it often, but in a way that doesn't overwhelm (hopefully). I like to normalise it, and make it seem like not such a taboo subject, something people should chat about. I am not a massive fan of preachy posts about the topic in all honesty. They make me feel worse. Like why can't I feel better? Like why can't I think like this? Instead, I like people to talk about it in a matter of fact way - bluntly as such. Not flowery, not with sunshine and rainbows thrown in. I know it's different for everyone, and great if that is you, but for me, I don't feel that way, and I don't want anyone else to feel how I feel. I am trying (continuously) to find a way to talk about it in a more appropriately.

You can find posts that I have done about mental health here:

Travel Anxiety
What makes a successful relationship?
Why stepping away is important
Two thousand and seventeen
Let's talk about content creation on holiday
5 ways to relax in an anxious situation

If you do need help, please contact the below.

Samaritans - 116 123
CALM (for Men) - 0800 58 58 58
Papyrus (for people under 35) - 0800 068 41 41
Childline (for people under 19) - 0800 1111 (the number won't show up on your phone bill)
The Silver Line (for older people) - 0800 4 70 80 90

Just know, I still care greatly and will continue to talk about all passions of mine, sometimes, it is just best to step away.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx


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