Mental health is something you need to take care of. I know people are constantly saying that, but it’s true. It’s also easier said than done. Trust me, I’ve learned first hand that without good mental health, it becomes extremely difficult to function in life. I thought I could continue going about my life without addressing my problems or admitting to myself that I needed help. I put on a brave face and told myself & others that I was okay so many times that I started to believe it myself. I buried everything that was hurting me so far down to the point where it just exploded. I’m extremely good at hiding my pain. I was at the lowest point of my life and nobody noticed. It got to a point where I was only experiencing pain, loneliness and sadness. I didn’t really know what happiness was. I didn’t know who I was anymore.
I went from the smiley, chatty girl who was always bright and bubbly, to someone who felt all alone and confused about their purpose in life. I allowed my insecurities and past experiences to overpower and overwhelm me. Why wouldn’t I when there are so many expectations society expects me to live up to? When I’m seeing people disregard my situations and belittle them? When people make me feel worthless because I can’t live up to an unrealistic standard of “beauty.” But the truth is, beauty is subjective and I shouldn’t allow other people’s perceptions of me pierce my skin so deeply. I continued to give others guidance and advice on how they should talk voice their issues and concerns. But why couldn’t I take my own advice? It is so important to know that you cannot help others if you don’t help yourself.
Recrowned Ireland has helped me in so many ways. The meetings and challenges have allowed me to express myself anonymously and get advice from other people who have not only been through the similar situations, but also understand what I have gone through and can advise me on how to break through. NO JUDGEMENT. There was no judgement at all. All of this taught me that I was not alone. I learned that people want to help me and want me to feel beautiful. Thanks to Recrowned Ireland, I learned how to be confident in my own mind and body.
- Anonymous Recrowned Ireland Member