I am soooo sorry once again that my blogging skills haven’t been the best lately, honestly not a day went by this past week when I didn’t think about wanting to post something but I’m not going to give yous any excuses because lets face it, yous just don’t need it!!
Today I really really want to talk to you about being more aware about not only your mental health but other peoples. Now I know this topic has been in the news lately and it is NOT why i’m talking about this, it is honestly something close to my heart!
A couple of weeks ago I went and got this semi-colon tattoo and the amount of people that has asked me why I have two dots on my arm has really shocked me! (like honestly I just got it because I love punctuation). I didn’t expect everybody to know about the semi-colon project, it must have just popped up on my social media A LOT more than others. So let me kinda explain what the semi-colon means… the semi-colon project is a non profit organisation and the word is mainly spread via social media. The reasoning behind the tattoo is that “The semi-colon is used on a sentence that the author could have ended but chose not to, the author is you and the sentence is your life.” This whole thing doesn’t just have to mean that you have gone through or are currently going through mental illness, it could be a family member or even a friend, because lets face it we all know somebody who has suffered with their mental health. But don’t think this just means depression, it could be anything from panic attacks to depression even to dementia. And I love how simple this tattoo is, but when you know what it stands for it is soooooo powerful and beautiful.
Fearne Cottons latest book ‘Happy’ talks about her battle with mental health and encourages you to jot how you are feeling as you read it, which I think is such a great idea. It is honestly amazing when you look back and see just how much you have changed as you read this book, it proves that we all have the same thoughts and feelings, just some of us have more powerful thoughts than others. This book is available at pretty much every store that sells books (Tesco, Asda ect.) and is worth it price and more!
If you are feeling like things are getting too much for you then there are plenty things you can do anything from the Rescue Remedy drops in the picture above (they are well worth the money for panic/ anxiety attacks) to exercising, but if you don’t feel any better or even if you are causing more harm than good with working out then please go and see a doctor!! There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed about! Honestly the ‘strongest’ or ‘happiest’ of people often are the ones struggling, its not a sign of weakness, I actually think it is one of the bravest things a person can do! And if you or somebody you know ends up getting help it is not like anybody really has to know about it, as long as you are doing something to help yourself or a relative/ friend before things get really bad then that is all that matters.
Can I just take a moment here to talk about May 5th. Every year on this date women around the world get together (once again thanks to social media) and wear red lippy in honour of remembering those special women who have sadly got this horrible illness (and yes I know there are just as many men with it, but this even is mainly about the women. But by remembering one you remember the other). Just have a quick search on Facebook and you will easily find it. And once again it is super simple yet the meaning behind it is so powerful!! Awe ladies get wearing that red lippy!!
So if you do know somebody who might be suffering then just let them know you are there for them. Or if you are the one suffering or worried that you are then please tell a friend or somebody you trust and work on getting better, it really is the best thing you can do.
I know this is out of the blue and not normal for That Ginger Glow, but it is such an important topic and one that affects more people than you expect, I couldn’t NOT talk about it.
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