Friday, 29 May 2015

WHY YOU SHOULD LOOK AFTER YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

I don't know about you but it seems that more and more people are being diagnosed with a mental illness, whether it be depression, anxiety or OCD etc. Now, that could be because we have become a lot better at openly discussing it so more people are choosing to let people know, or it could actually be that mental illnesses are more common these days. I guess we'll never really know.

When I was in New York I went to a museum which was all about the human body (bear with me, it's more interesting than it sounds!).  As soon as we walked in, we were met with a film discussing today's lifestyle and the brain, and why it's now more important than ever to look after our mental health.

See, technology has come a long way. We are always after new gadgets and equipment that will give us more time and do things for us. For example, the microwave.. cooks food in 5 minutes as oppose to half an hour in the oven. With all this technology that is designed to give us more time, it's ironic what we seem to have even less time available to us. 

Why?

Because we are always striving for the next best thing. We always want more! 5 minutes to cook dinner? Yeah, it's not fast enough.. 

The internet has become a place in which we mostly compare to others. We want the dream holiday, fairy tale wedding and big house.. and then we post a picture of it and show the world only to be 'topped' by someone else. And so we get jealous and start working towards the next thing immediately instead of enjoying what we've already achieved. We are constantly working, and you know what? Our body just cannot keep up because it's not designed to. We've potentially evolved too far...

If our body doesn't keep up, our mental health suffers too. We work long hours, eat too much or too little, and don't sleep enough which can lead to stress, depression and anxiety (to name a few). We are all part of today's society which unfortunately means we YOU are at risk - we ALL are.

I'm guessing you don't want to suffer from any of those things, so give yourself a chance and switch off every now and then. Do something to relax, refresh your mind and get a good night's sleep. Prevention is key, after all ;)


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Candice Petersen said...

I soo agree! Its all draining me I don't even get a chance to work out which is bad! Great post Samantha

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Sam said...

Thank you so much! xx

Sophie said...

I love this post - this is so on point. I completely agree that having social media is like having a constant scale of comparison to other people's lives. Except of course it is all skewed and not reality. So we are constantly comparing our lives to an unreal expectation and it is so draining!! Sophie xxx
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Sam said...

This is such a lovely comment, thank you! You're absolutely right xx

Nicole said...

I love this post! And completely agree with everything you've said, it couldn't be more true. With social media and the internet slowly taking over we rarely take time to just focus on life without comparing ourselves to others. I think we're always dreaming of what life could be, rather than what it is, which is a dangerous game. I'm guilty of it too, we all are. I think it is so important to turn off your phone sometimes and just forget about what everyone else is doing and appreciate the life you have, the people you have in it and what you've managed to achieve. There will always be someone better than you, something else you think you 'need' in your life, but what about all the great things you already have? Remember to appreciate them :) A fantastic post, as always! xxx

Sam said...

You're right, we always forget about what we have and sometimes that exactly what IS important. Thank you for your wonderful comment :) xxx

Sam said...

You're probably right there - I reckon it can be a combination of both! Thanks for your lovely comment xx

Angharad May said...

I love your writing, and your style of writing, and this topic is so poignant. You're such a brilliant writer the way you address these important topics, I think you're incredible! Xx

TheStyleRawr said...

YES. Food for thought indeed. I definitely need to switch off more, especially now I've changed jobs and I'm using a PC all day long. I'd quite like to make Sunday the day I avoid Social Media and the internet.

Tara x

Ellie Adams said...

Such a brilliant and important post Sam. Totally agree with the pace of life thing, we all want everything done quicker, better, more perfect than the ideals across the internet. Taking a step back to look after yourself and your mental health is something that can't be neglected! Fab post lady :)


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Sam said...

Thank you so much! xx

Sam said...

I think having a day off is a wonderful idea! I think I'd find it very difficult though.. xx

Sam said...

This is an AMAZING comment, thank you so much. You always leave lovely words and they don't go unnoticed xx

Hannah Boxall said...

lovely and well-thought out post, all your points were spot on x

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Sam said...

Thank you lovely x

Angharad May said...

I only speak the truth!! Xx

Hayley-Eszti Szucs said...

That last paragraph speaks volumes, it's so easy to do those things but sometimes we have to feel like we are living these fast paced lives, or never able to put the phone down for more than 2 mins. Mental health and health in general is a blessing and we should be doing all that we can to look after our minds and bodies :) Thanks for writing this, it's important ♥


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Sam said...

Yeah, me too! Once I start my new job, I want limit my social media/internet use! I'm addicted and it's not good. Thank you so, so much Sophie, so kind of you xx

Sam said...

Thank you for your lovely comment, Hayley. You're absolutely right xx

melody said...

VERY HELPFUL

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Sam said...

Brilliant! x

Zoe Portia said...

too true! xo

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Sam said...

Thanks! x

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