It took just nine days for the world record egg photo to surpass Kylie Jenner’s most liked image on Instagram and it turns out the page is a mental health advert.
In the 21st century it seems as though we are finally being able to talk about our own issues and something as trivial as an egg promoting conversations about mental health, in my opinion, is a great way to get people talking.
Mental health is an issue that many in today’s society succumb to, including myself. Following my parents split, a dark period of my life began, depression hit and anxiety lingers to this day. However, difficult it may seem to alleviate your mental problems, with time and motivation you can beat your demons.
Whether it be through simple tasks such as walking, eating a favourite food or just admiring a good view, your problems can be eliminated one by one. The initial and very daunting step is to talk to someone. We are a social species and there are people out there who will listen to you and won’t brush you off. However, talking to people isn’t the easiest option for everybody and so you have to focus on how you can fulfil your own physical and mental demands through whatever it takes.
Personally, I chose to keep to myself, which I admit was not the wisest decision, but I discovered my enthusiasm for music. Music for me was an escape, it shifted my attention away from the issues that were troubling me and helped focus on being productive. In conjunction with music came the gym and an element of peace existed in my mind for a change. I’m not perfect and never will be, but coming to the end of my university career, I feel as though I can accomplish anything I put my mind to and a refreshing stance of self-confidence has started to emerge.
Happiness can be hard to find and it may seem selfish but you have to concentrate on yourself. Everyone is unique and your interests and hobbies are your own because you enjoy them. If they make you happy then do it!
Whilst I am just one person out of millions who suffer with far worse problems, I have to reiterate you can pull through whatever is burdening you at the moment. Don’t hesitate to ask someone for help and let your individuality shine.
If you need to speak to someone you can contact Samaritans on 116 123. Or if you want to reach out to myself, I will be more than willing to have a conversation with you.
You can reach me on twitter (@TomDavisSHU) or my email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want an informal, laid-back chat about whatever is troubling you.