Somehow, I developed kind of an antipathy against trends. Maybe, I am just a stubborn woman, but I prefer to choose myself when I do something and if I do something. Up till today, never watched The Lord of The Rings or read the books about Harry Potter (nope, not seen the movies either). I do not live underneath a stone, so I am aware of the latest fashion-styles, new technical developments or household products. I studied various foods-trends and one of my guilty pleasures; I follow the Kardashians every now and then.
A new trend seems to have arisen:
Don’t get me wrong, it is not my intention to minimize the struggles many of our neighbors have to go through each day. On the contrary!
Mental illness, is a real disease. It will affect a person’s life, including the people closest to him or her. Hence, it will take over a person completely. Absolutely nothing to be ashamed of, because how I see it: People with this condition don’t wake up one day and decide to be mentally ill.
I therefore recommend to be open, for instance, about not feeling adequate enough or feeling alone. As I wrote in my article about depression; when you can’t find your way out of the darkness, you should reach out to someone.
However, there is a difference between mental illness and unhappiness:
To only focus on the positive, on being happy all the time, I believe is unhealthy. It is denying your limitations, it is not accepting your flaws. It means not embracing ALL of you and that will lead to never be able to love yourself; for the unique Beautiful Soul you are.
It is OK to have a bad day, to worry every now and then, to feel insecure about a choice you’ve made. When you lose someone close to you, it is normal to grieve, to feel sad.
It is OK, to be unhappy every now and then.
To me, it is also perfectly normal, you deal with that in your own unique way. It could help to go for a walk to clear your head, listen to your favorite music for a few hours, sleep an extra hour during the day, relieve your troubled soul with creating a piece of art, practice your favorite sport (for instance with the guidance of David – Chape Fitness), treat yourself with a huge ice-cream, talk to your best friend…Whatever helps to Boost Your Soul.
As I wrote above: mental illness is a real disease. Being unhappy on a DAILY base, for a LONG period of time isn’t something you, normally, choose. It is not a condition easily cured with a walk in the forest, or a happy song. If you suspect you have succumb to this, take it seriously.
Unhappiness on the other hand, should not be taken too lightly either. Take a sick day if needed, force yourself to take a step back for a short period of time, breathe, relax. Treat it for what it is: a warning sign of your body to re-energize.
However, unhappiness shouldn’t not have to become the next trend.