How does mental health truly effect our lives?

Many people assume that mental health is fleeting. That it’ll be gone as quickly as it arrives, that it passes soon and it’s more of a bad mood or a “down patch” without really ever thinking about or believing in the long term effects and repercussions of living with mental health issues.

My illnesses have effected my life more than I like to admit, and I know I’m not alone in this, even though sometimes it can feel like I’m the only person in the world who’s had it so rough. Mental illness takes away things you never thought you’d lose, seemingly “basic” living things like a job, an education, friendships, opportunities. All of these things that we regularly take for granted and that appear so normal. During the time of lockdown, I think it became even more evident of how mental health can effect us and our day to day lives. The majority of people had to feel what it was like to no longer have a job and have that be entirely out of your control. Something that was enjoyable at first but quickly became suffocating and unbearable to stay home and do nothing but be sat with your thoughts.

I lost my job 2.5 years ago due to my mental health. I knew it was coming, and yet it still hit me hard the day they officially let me go. I also missed out on two opportunities to go to uni and study. I kept pushing it off a year, thinking I’ll be better when I just declined further. It’s ignorant and blind of people to think mental health doesn’t effect lives significantly. It’s not all about the feelings and the thoughts, it’s also about the real life practical implications that have just as much of an impact on our emotional wellbeing. We begin to feel even more worthless, pointless and undeserving of things.

That’s why it’s so important to normalise talking about mental health openly and deeply. These things have everyday life consequences. They’re happening all the time, all around us without people even knowing. Mental illness is real and doesn’t care what your circumstances are, it can and does have the ability to strip you of everything you’ve got because that’s how serious and life altering they are.

30 thoughts on “How does mental health truly effect our lives?

  1. untilanotherday says:

    I’m so sorry to hear that you lost your job a couple of years ago. I think it’s great that you have created a platform to share your struggle with mental health, it’s something a lot of people need to hear. Thank you for sharing and I hope you’re on the way to recovery!

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  2. ribbonfairy_with_unboundedwords says:

    I totally get it. My family isn’t even ready to listen and to believe that I’m suffering. They are always blaming it on something else and keep saying it will go away. I feel so alone and useless and feel like giving up. They say no depression isn’t like that. I’m like: HOW WOULD YOU KNOW IF you YIU ARE NOT THE ONE SUFFERING. No one gets it. It’s so hard. I feel like running away from everything

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  3. Love Iris says:

    100% percent agree, we need to normalise and talk about more than just everyday anxiety. There’s still such a stigma surrounding mental illness, especially the effects it has and our recovery process. Such an important and touching article x

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  4. Joana says:

    This is a very reflective post, I understand the real life implications you were talking about. Some people don’t understand mental illnesses because they thought it’s all in our heads, but they don’t really know how it affects the person who has it. This is why it’s really important to openly keep talking about mental health.

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  5. Helen says:

    Great post
    Yes so often mental health is unestimated or not fully understood for what it really is. It is because it is so subjective and people just can’t see or evauate it. That’s what it’s important to raise awareness telling people what it is so that it can be fought and understood.

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  6. SpookyMrsGreen says:

    It is incredibly hard living with a spouse that has mental illness, as I can share from experience. I have now reached a point after 10 years where I told my husband he needs to get a grip and seek professional help or we are finished. He has tried to ignore his illness for years, punishing me and our children with his obsessive working hours, extreme mood swings, and periods of lethargy. It has been exhausting, and still is.

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