Mental illness is one of those things that we hear about but I feel as if it is not often talked about enough. It is important to talk to people about things that are bothering us. Everyone needs a healthy way to express anger, sadness, frustration, happiness, and the entire spectrum of human emotions. Unfortunately, not everyone has someone they can go to when they’re struggling. While others may have a support system, they might be apprehensive about opening up in fear of being judged. I have been told many a times by people I have considered friends to, “just get over it” or, my personal favorite, “you’re overreacting”. These kind of responses can be belittling and disheartening to the point where you keep things bottled up inside, in fear of not wanting to bother others. I have found better ways to cope with my struggles – like being creative. Art is one of the many ways I calm myself when I am feeling anxious or sad. I take whatever emotions I am feeling, and I try to channel that into whatever piece I am creating. It is a healthy outlet for me to express my emotions.
I encourage everyone who deals with any sort of mental struggle to find something that they enjoy doing. Whether it is art, music, writing, or sports, there is truly something out there for everyone. I have seen people fall farther down the rabbit hole when they let their mental illness control their life. It does not have to be that way. I know, it’s easier said than done. At times, I will find myself not wanting to get out of bed some mornings. I just remind myself that there is a whole life out there that I should be living, and being creative helps me with that. The best advice I can give anyone is to, find what you love, take it, and run with it.