Mental Health: my very own “observational study”

.. aka random blog-post in the form of midnight thoughts of one “active-productive” Nutrition Master student going through yet another “bad mental health period”.

Speaking out because…the day when you stop speaking out for the things that really matter to you is the day your freedom really ends.

Alert! I don’t always write about this topic, but when I do, it’s something important (and very personal).

Lately, I’ve been noticing that the levels of stress & anxiety are basically hitting that tolerable threshold of mine. Uni assignments that kept piling up, work, projects & strong will to “manage my shit well” despite feeling tired and drained have been taking a toll on my mental well-being. Feeling stressed & depressed doesn’t contribute to my productivity (surprise-surprise)

… but I thought I’d find some time and energy to share my knowledge & thoughts on the topic with the rest of the world

Spot one tired AF *nutritionist to be* after another late “study-date” in the library

To begin with, I’ve been seeing that this above-described 👆 situation is NOT an uncommon trend among my fellow students, both in my current programme, and in my bachelors. Actually,

1 out of 4 people in the world suffer from some kind of mental/neurological disorder, with depression and anxieny being some of the most well-known of them.

Depression affects more than 300 million people of different ages, genders, occupations & socio-economic backgrounds worldwide. It’s a leading cause of disability among working adults, and, in the worst case scenario, can lead to suicide (second leading cause of death among 15–29-year-olds) [WHO]

However, despite these “mental problems” being so, SO common, most of the affected people would never seek professional help. It never fails to amaze me to realise every time how much stigma is there in our society when it comes to mental health. Your tooth is hurting? Bruh, don’t wait, go to the dentist

Broke your leg?

Emergency room!

Feeling #ded insight? … Oh, I rather suffer alone in the silence

Believe me, I know what I’m talking about. Having had a really, really bad period of my life with depression, anxiety, nervous bulimia “blooming” full-time & me barely being able to function “as a normal member of our society”, I was still reluctant to even tell about how I really feel to my closest friends & family, let alone seek professional help.

After 2 years of psychotherapy, going on & off antidepressants, and working through my “inner circle” of problems and misconceptions I had about my own self and about the rest of the world, I slowly, but steadily started to become a person I am today. Most of the time cheerful, optimistic and “full of enthusiasm for positive initiatives 💃” as kindly stated by one of my friends.

Dec 2017: pushing through the last semester of BSc, doing a lab internship & organizing Student Nobel Night Cap 🙋#volunteerstribute

I honestly believe that there is not so many things that are more important than taking care of your own physical AND mental health. Of course, sometimes one needs to sacrifice a night or two of sweet long sleep or skip the “gym sesh” for the sake of finishing some work-related task on time. Nevertheless, the key is to find a balance between your “I-can-do-it-all” self & the part that simply wants to enjoy life. Not overdoing it cause of your ambition to “prove everyone that I can {…}” despite feeling like shit deep inside.

You will never be able to achieve great things in life if you’re not enjoying the things that you do. And if you feel like not enjoying anything at all , then … HOUSTON, WE’VE GOT A PROBLEM HERE. And if there is a problem — talk about it!! There is absolutely NO shame in admitting that some things are causing you pain and discomfort, and seek some — professional and not only — help.

#word

Sometimes asking for help is the bravest move you can make.

You really don’t have to do it alone ♥

Take care of your mental health guys!

And thanks for reading x

Dash

"Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing."