“Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone’s hand is the beginning of a journey.
At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.” ―
Day 7: Connect
It was the #timetotalk campaign last week, encouraging everyone to open up and talk to someone about their mental health. Talking, connecting with others is an absolute necessity for recovery from any mental health problem, including low self-esteem.
It’s only when I started talking…that morning when I stopped making my morning cuppa, turned to my housemate and said ‘I’m not okay’…that I could finally start my recovery.
Who can you connect with when you’re feeling low about yourself? Who can you talk to when you need to speak honestly?
Today’s challenge – note down in your mind who you can connect with and talk to about your self-esteem/mental health. If there isn’t anyone you feel comfortable talking to, I would highly recommend talking to your GP and getting referred to a counsellor. It can take a while on the NHS so if you can afford to go private and/or need more urgent help, do this instead, even if just a couple of sessions.
The only person I can talk openly face to face with about my mental health is my other half – I know he won’t judge, over-worry (like my mum would!) and he understands me. Of course, what’s wonderful about the Internet now is that I can also connect with people via Twitter and by blogging, and writing about it is therapy in itself! Please connect with me if you want to talk about self-esteem and mental health, and you feel like you don’t want to talk to anybody else.
Next, we reflect.
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