In times of need, reach out and communicate.
A lot of us, naturally, prefer avoidance to confrontation and it’s negative associations. The irony is that this approach leads to the problem growing and manifesting in ways we cannot control; mental health struggles.
Learning to communicate effectively, in a non-toxic manner for all parties involved, can be exhausting. This doesn’t take away from the rewards of healthy communication. It stimulates all of our relationships (family, friends, peers, co-workers, acquaintances) to promote understanding and empathy.
Without the clarity of understanding and empathy, we get lost in our own emotions. The easy way out is to refuse engagement. Ignore. Avoid. An image of the ostrich sticking its tiny head into the sand comes to mind.
Now more than ever, we need to use our support network. COVID-19 has hit mental health hard with isolation, bereavement, job losses, financial struggles and other circumstances put upon us.
Our next support group meeting is tomorrow at 8pm on zoom. There are other mental health services available online- check our other services page for more information.
It’s essential to open up to those experiences and feelings that have been neglected to stop negative repercussions occurring later in life.