To Share or not to Share, that is the question?

Hey, world!! Hope you are all doing well. I am back to the WordPress sphere, talking about the Power of Sharing, in relation to Mental Health. In today’s world, mental health is being discussed way more. People are sharing their experiences more than ever before, which is incredible. I have the upmost respect for those that share their experience, be it to one person, a few people or even on social media.

My decision to share my mental health issues over Facebook was a huge one. I had always shared little snippets over Facebook, but I had never fully shared my experience with anyone but close friends and family. I really had no clue which way it would go. Just over a year ago now, I shared my first experience with mental health on Facebook and it wasn’t easy. But, I had some of the nicest responses ever from friends and people I hadn’t spoken to in years, talking about their experiences to me. It was a phenomenal turning point for me.

And now, a year or so later, I have recently created this blog, sharing a few more snippets into my life and my mental health experiences. The most challenging experience for me, was deciding to share my mental health breakdown in January, definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. I was so worried to share these experiences, fearing all sorts of judgement, when I only had positive reactions and kind comments from friends and family members.

Saying this, I have had a few people ask me why I share such personal things in my life and to be honest, I am not the most British person in a sense by expressing my emotions, thoughts and experiences. If that wasn’t clear from the beginning, haha. I just wanted to share this experience to encourage people to do the same. It really helps people who are currently struggling with a similar thing to hear from these people. Sharing your struggles shows people they can get through what they are struggling with and that these things aren’t permanent. It also shows that we are all human and that we all experience difficulties. It’s often easy to forget this, as we are all scrolling through social media, seeing pictures of everyone having these ‘perfect summers’ and thinking that our lives aren’t as exciting as theirs.

I am just such a strong believer that openness allows other people to feel comfortable sharing their troubles and that way we feel better knowing you aren’t alone, which is easy to feel.

**Obviously openness, isn’t for everyone and if you don’t feel comfortable sharing, please dont feel like you need to. I have just found in my experience, that it has helped significantly**

Lots of love,

Lou xx

 

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