Wednesday 17 May 2017

Having Pride In Your Mental Illness

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Here in the U.K. we have this learnt culture of a ' stiff upper lip' we don't like to talk about personal stuff especially if it's seen as taboo, this includes mental health. How many times have you lied about what you're going to the doctor for? How many times have you said you're going for a physical problem when you've actually been going to talk about your mental health? I know I have.

However, by not talking about mental health, it creates this stigma around it. People are afraid of talking honestly and openly about what is affecting them. They don't ask for help or admit that they are struggling, which results in them suffering in silence. No mental illness ever gets better by sweeping it under the carpet and ignoring it. 

This is why I think it's important to have pride in your mental illness. If you suffer from a mental illness, you shouldn't feel trapped, isolated or suffer alone. It's okay to not to be okay. Talking about mental illness is difficult, I know that I'm not an idiot. Despite what you may think, there are different ways you can take pride in mental illness if talking ain't really your thing. With the help of Motivational tattoos, I'm here to give you alternative suggestions on how you take pride in your mental illness.

The thought of getting a permeant tattoo is pretty scary. I'm a self-confessed whimp for starters but also the fact that once you have it done, it's there forever. Okay, yeah you can have it removed, but that's just a lot of effort, not to mention expensive. I'm definitely not against people getting tattoos. You do you boo and all that. If permeant tattoos are not your thing, motivational tattoos provide a great alternative plus they are a perfect way to take pride in your mental illness.

Motivational tattoos sell packets of 15 colour and/ or clear tattoos which all have cute little sayings or affirmations on them. They sell different sets including a self-harm and a motivational set. Not only that but they also sell sticker versions which are adorable and would look amazing on a school notebook to help smash the stigma around mental health.

I absolutely love these tattoos. They show that you are not embarrassed or ashamed if you do suffer from a mental illness or have/ currently are self-harming. However, you don't have to have self-harmed or even suffer from a mental illness to show your support to those who have or currently are struggling. 

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We all have a mental health, and we all are affected by mental illness in one way or another. By wearing a temporary tattoo, you are showing your support for those who are affected, even if you are not. If you like it's a little ' I acknowledge mental illness is real, and it's okay to not be okay but please don't suffer in silence because I'm here to listen.' 

Okay, so maybe I'm over thinking this a little bit but seriously if I saw someone wearing one of these in my lesson when I felt alone or scared, seeing someone supporting mental health by wearing one of these motivational tattoos would definitely give me a little boost, knowing that I'm accepted by some in society.

The same applies to these sweet little badges that motivational tattoos sell. These are my personal faves, I think they look kind of cool on dungarees and pinafore dresses. They don't scream mental health which is great if you don't want the world and their dog to know about your mental health struggles. They are a subtle little nod of appreciation to those who are struggling right now, but I also think they are great conversation starters if you do want to talk more openly about mental health but don't know where to start or if your nerves get the better of you. 

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Motivational tattoos sell these little badges in packs of four. Each one has a little self-love saying such as ' I am enough' They are comfortable to wear and pin on to any jumper or bag nicely to help spread mental health awareness and smash the stigma around mental health. 

So there we have it, a few alternative ways you can take pride in your mental illness without shouting it from the rooftops for the world and beyond to hear. Remember that you are never alone. Whatever you are going through there is someone to listen, someone who cares and someone who understands. Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of. 

I hope this post gave you some ideas of how you can take pride in your mental health rather than just talking about it all the time. I would love to know how you take pride in your mental illness in the comments below. 

Thanks for reading, as always X

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