Books and World Mental Health Day

Hello lovely followers, October 10th as some of you may already know is World Mental Health day. It is a day to raise awareness of mental health, supporting efforts to better mental health around the world and look into your own well-being.

Each year there is a theme to focus on this year is…
YOUNG PEOPLE AND MENTAL HEALTH IN A CHANGING WORLD

“Young People and Mental Health in a Changing World.  We want to bring attention to the issues our youth and young adults are facing in our world today and begin the conversation around what they need in order to grow up healthy, happy and resilient.

Lets all use this year to emphasise the needs of our young people. Its time to take a stand and demand more for this vulnerable population – our future depends on it!”
Quote taken from wmhd global

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As a person in my 20’s I know how stressful life can be. From social media pressures, life pressures, work, mortgages, family, friendships, relationships, choosing what to watch next on Netflix, getting likes on Instagram, beauty, weight, bullying. So many things that pile up and up and can cause stress, depression and anxiety.

Earlier this year I posted Five Positive Books for a Positive Mind (read here) sharing some books that have personally helped me through a difficult and stressful period in my life. I ended up seeking help from a therapist, also went to a Stress Busting course and these both helped. Another thing that really helped me were these books. I have a passion for reading and I knew that there would be books out there that could guide me, help me, give me tips etc and I could do this from the comfort of my own room.

Mental health is nothing to be ashamed or scared of. There are so many different ways to access help, even just talking to someone about how you are feeling is a good start. I know for me that trying to keep my feelings in for so long really impacted me long term. Books are just an extra to help you along your journey, you can curl up and read them in the comfort of your own room with no judgement and you feel relaxed.

Just remember….It’s okay to not be okay… 

Books really helped me through a difficult patch in my life. What self help, mindfulness or de-stress books have you read that have helped? I think sharing this kind of information is so important. Thanks for reading. Katie x

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