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You Will Be Okay: Mental Health

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Death is half of the life we have.

It has become more prevalent in the past two years on this earth with the COVID-19 virus completely taking over the world, and sad to say, taking some of our loved ones as well. It wasn’t always a direct hit from the virus ridding their bodies. Alcoholism has gone up, Big Pharma has made sky-rocked profits based on not only vaccines but also depressional prescriptions, the homeless and lower socioeconomic communities have been hit hard due to the lack of resources all around the world. We have been in crisis. Not to mention climate change. It feels like the apocalypse is amongst us.

How do we, as a whole, really come out of this? Perhaps we are not at the top of the food chain.

I personally have been through hardships on a major scale for the past two years. I lost my niece, I lost my boyfriend and I lost several friends and family–seven in total to be exact– and I thought that I was losing myself at times.

Trying to focus on school, work and my own metal health became daunting. Trying to act like I was okay became daunting. Waking up was hard when I wasn’t even able to sleep. It’s taken me a lot of time and effort to try and live a normal life again. I remember not having to cry all day because of the sadness that I had now have felt. I remember the days of living without the fear that I might die.

Coming from someone who is–in no doubt–better than anyone else, you will be okay. If you have lived a similar story or anywhere in between; you will be okay.

The first step is opening your eyes to all the beauty that is around you. Figuratively and literally. Take a nap. Say no. Go on vacation. Do the things that you always wanted to do that don’t cause harm to yourself or anyone else. Look around you. Breathe in the oxygen that has not yet been depleted from you. See the growth of everyone, even if you have lost someone.

Life keeps going and you have to go with it. If you are reading this, you will be okay. 

NOTE: If you or someone you know is dealing with suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1–800–273–8255.

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