Hold On, Hold On for One more day. Inspired by the Wilson Phillips Song. A list of resources and information. Hang on tightly, Hold on, Don’t let go. Your Life Matters.
The other day I saw an article that with the warmer weather comes a spike in suicide rates. Who would have thought it? I would have thought the rates were higher during the winter when so many of us seem to struggle with depression more.
In giving it thought I wanted to put something out there that maybe will give someone hope. Maybe I can give someone ideas to help them hang on for one more day, and one more day after that.
Ways to hold on for one more day
One way I have found to get through the worst of times is to listen to Music to encourage and uplift. Favorites that come to mind are Wilson Philips Hold on for one more day and Journey Don’t stop believing.
Use creative expression get out art supplies and let it all out. Express your feelings through a creative outlet.
Most important perhaps is talk to someone. If you find it feels like no one is listening. Keep trying to find someone to listen. PLEASE DO NOT GIVE UP!!
There is a quote I have seen floating around. I don’t know who said it first. “Talking about your mental health is not attention seeking!”
One way to prepare for the worst days is by having a list of folks you can call or text when you need someone to listen. Write down everyone you can think of that you can call on with their phone numbers. Put that list somewhere handy when you feel you are in a danger zone.
Here is a blog post that I found that has uplifting quotes for when you feel like giving up. Don’t give up!!
Find a distraction by watching a funny sitcom on tv. Escape into a good book. Maybe take a nap.
Make sure to take care of you and reach out and get help when you need it. Please do not give up on yourself.
I needed to come back and edit. Despite Pain has a really great distractions from pain post that has a lot more great ideas to add to your tool box.
August to Autumn Is a post I wrote about the masks we put on when struggling with depression. I hope that it offers someone the knowledge that they are not alone and the encouragement to reach out for help. We need to all work together and help break the stigma of mental illness.
Especially now during the Covid pandemic even more folks are struggling with their mental health. It is more than ever important that we let others know that they are not alone.
We need to let them know there is hope and help. I know so many people that have struggled with depression and mental health issues and try to hide it. They should not feel shame for struggling. They deserve hope, help and hopefully happiness.
Coming soon I am working on some self care projects to share with you. It is important to take care of yourself than ever. As we enter the winter season even folks will be struggling with Seasonal Affective disorder. Add that to what is already going on and it is very important we work at improving our mental health and letting those who are struggling to know that it is okay. That they are not alone.