So many people have added their voice to this hash tag. I’m in total awe of some of the posts, the openness and honesty that’s helping to break down those barriers, making mental health a topic to talk about, is half the battle in making people who go through it not to feel alone. That’s the problem when you are suffering. Suffering in silence only compounds issues and the awful feeling like you are alone, even in a room full of people and the only one who feels like this, can be isolating. Raising awareness and making people realise that it’s very common to feel this way is actually quite a relief. .
There has been a lot of chat on instagram about finding your tribe. It’s totally true, surrounding yourself with people who you get and who get you, makes you feel like a better version of yourself, people who bring out your best you and you can relate to are worth their weight in gold. Whether it’s on-line, your friends from Nct (which by the way I would have gone totally loco without - well, even more than I did to be honest, postnatal depression coupled with tiredness is not a lot of fun!), nursery or school mates, work mates, neighbours, it doesn’t matter how you find them, just do! It’s not an instant cure, but it can certainly make you feel better and it’s a great support system. .
Katie and I always believe in the power of laughter. We speak on the phone daily, more often than not 3 or 4 times while we are working. We often talk through our troubles and anxieties by having a good laugh. Even when i had to explain to Bea that my mum, her grandma had died after loosing her battle with cancer, we said she had got her wings (so hard to find the words for a 3 1/2 year old!) and sort of pointed upwards - she replied with “what, she’s in the loft?!” It totally helped break the sadness. Laughter releases endorphins that can really make you feel a bit better and it’s really important to let go of things and to be able to laugh and find the funny in things does really help. It’s not often you find someone you can truly belly laugh with but it’s just the best feeling, especially when you need it most.