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Be kind to yourself

by Joanne Brathwaite on in New Year, New You

Be kind to yourself

Every day, women face tremendous pressure to be fitter, prettier, nicer, better mothers, better wives/partners/girlfriends/spouses/employees.

Their heads are filled with mantras from the Societal Expectations of How To Be A Good Woman: Don’t yell at the kids. Don’t cry at the office. Don’t burn his dinner. Don’t argue with your mother. Don’t get pissed off at your best friend. Don’t show your weakness. Don’t be too strong.

Don’t crack.

Don’t be human.

Don’t live inside your head

#$@% that. Be human. Cry. Yell. Fall apart. Then get back up again. And if you’re having trouble dealing with it/all/life/today tell someone.

There is So. Much. Strength. in opening up – and in doing so, you may help others to feel less alone.

It is largely coincidence that today’s #rockyourresolutions post coincides with #BellLetsTalk day – a campaign dedicated to driving the national conversation to reduce the stigma behind/promote awareness of Mental Illness.

Your mental health matters

According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada, on any given week, more than half a million Canadians are unable to go to work due to mental health problems or illnesses. And mental illness indirectly affects all Canadians at some time through a family member, friend or colleague.

Some fast facts on mental health from Toronto’s CAMH (Centre for Addition and Mental Health):

  • 20 per cent of Canadians will personally experience a mental illness in their lifetime.
  • Anxiety disorders affect 5 per cent of the household population, causing mild to severe impairment.
  • Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in both men and women from adolescence to middle age.
  • It is estimated that 10 to 20 per cent of Canadian youth are affected by a mental illness or disorder – the single most disabling group of disorders worldwide.
  • Suicide is among the leading causes of death in 15-24 year old Canadians, second only to accidents; 4,000 people die prematurely each year by suicide.
  • In Canada, only 1 out of 5 children who need mental health services receives them.

If you are in distress or are thinking about suicide, please call 911 or call your local crisis centre.

Be kind to yourself

Help is available for you, whether through a friend, therapist, or clergy member. Find someone you trust and let them know how bad things are. This can be your first step on the road to healing.

Please be kind to yourself.

You got this.


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