Let’s be truly honest here, more than likely someone close to you or you personally deal with mental health difficulties. You may feel like you are the only one, as mental health is still a taboo subject. People say ignorant things like “oh that person is crazy” or “she is weird” or “he’s gone mad”. What I have noticed lately is most people love to attach a label to themselves or others. I have this, plus that, oh I have that too, it goes on. The thing is I feel that people let that label define them as a person, but it really shouldn’t.
Labels are just labels at the end of the day. You can get diagnosed with so many different mental health conditions, trust me the list is bloody endless! Having a mental health condition or difficulty can be bloody tough. I know my brain likes to make me overthink, which then leads to anxiety. There have been times when I have had a panic attack. There have also been plenty of times when I have what I call a meltdown. It’s tough to be human in society. We all have blooming problems. Some people worse than others for sure, but it shouldn’t always be used as an excuse as well.
We don’t go around with a banner every single day, with a list of health conditions we have do we? Everyone is allowed to have an opinion and yes, it is brave to let people know that you have a mental health condition. Instead of seeing it as a thing to complain about and dwell on how crap it is to have one (which I noticed so many people do). You can also try and embrace it. I know it is a lot easier to say it than to actually do it but, it might also maybe give you a slightly more positive outlook on life.
It’s not just with mental health I have come across, some people saying “oh it’s harder for me to lose weight because I have this health condition” or this and that. That may be true, but it really grinds my gears when someone says to me “oh you must be lucky that you are able to keep your weight down” (my mother also experiences this as well, as she has an under active thyroid but she is slim). I’m not lucky! I work (most of the time) to try and keep my weight down, by low and behold exercising on a regular basis. I also try, sometimes to keep an eye on what I eat. Portion control, eat my five a day, drink plenty of water and stay away from foods which are high in fat/sugar in them. It’s that simple it’s putting the work in.
Being a human being in general is hard work. It does feel like sometimes you just can’t win. The thing is though some of us want to give up so easily and not work on ourselves. We want someone to do the work for us or to blame it on someone else. Personal and life experiences build you as a person and how you perceive life. The great thing is, you can change if you are willing to. You can change your habits and you can change your outlook on life. That’s the beauty of change, you are constantly changing. Not just in looks but your views, how you see yourself and others, your attitude to life and to situations as well.
Don’t let a label get you down. You, yourself have the power to choose to let a health condition or mental health condition define you as a person. You can sit there and let it get to you, or you tell yourself screw this I’m better than this. I’m so much more than a mental/health condition. Just because I have a condition, doesn’t mean I can’t get on with life and achieve things