I get stressed way too easily. Then I get frustrated because I know I get stressed easily which stresses me out. Then there’s just this endless cycle of stress that has no beginning and no end. Then it brings on a low mood and kinda keeps going.
Anyway, when I feel like life’s getting a little too much (more often than not), I usually try to get some fresh air and escape to somewhere quiet. I live in a quiet village so that easy, it’s just that it’s freezing outside and I can only manage about five minutes of the sub-zero temperatures before I’m ready to get back in the car.
Sometimes I just go for a drive and listen to a podcast or pull up and read a book. The point is, when I detect something going wrong, I act to change it, even if that means leaving a situation.
For me, it’s really important to tackle the stresses of life because it contributes to anxiety, something I struggle with daily. I’ve mentioned anxiety on my blog before, and although I don’t share my whole life story, there are still times I think it’s important to talk about mental health and how it can affect your life. It’s something that should be a priority, just like physical health is.
Casey, the blogger behind casestreetx.com, started this petition, which is to help save children from viewing self-harm on social media, which is often glorified. It shouldn’t be there in the first place.
I remember it being really easy to find mentally damaging images on Tumblr way back when, and although the site has now completely banned adult images, there is still really harmful content on Instagram. It may not show up everywhere, but if you search for it, it’s not hard to find. I don’t like that.
As someone who has struggle with their mental health since childhood, I know how easy it is to be influenced by those images online. I don’t see any forms of explicit images on my timeline today, because I’m very conscious of who I follow and what I interact with. My focus is positivity, so that’s what I search for. Because I now understand my mind and how I’m affected by different things, I know what I want to be surrounded with.
But it breaks my heart to know children can find explicit images and are influenced by them to the point of harming themselves. Most websites should have stricter rules and moderators for the online world. It’s so important to remain aware of your mental health, and also inspire others to do the same if you can.
I’m a naturally anxious person, fighting panic attacks and the like on top isn’t fun, but it’s possible. If I was being bombarded with depressing images from Instagram every day, it wouldn’t be as easy.
One of my favourite charities to find out about mental health is Mind. It’s educational, but also shares stories from everyday people that live and battle mental health disorders. They break down the stigma that mental health is something to be ashamed of, when it should be talked about more openly.
Like I said, at 22, I don’t struggle as much as I did through my teens. The occasionally down day pops up, and I treat myself until I feel human again, but that’s after years of educating myself on mental health and the impact negativity has on a person. Social media wasn’t as big in my childhood but it’s at a whole other level now and needs to take care for the people it influences.
I would say I’m on the other side of the tunnel in terms of my health, but I know how difficult the struggle can be, which is why I’m sharing Casey’s petition today. Go on, sign it!