Dear Mind #1,
We recently asked people to write a letter to their mental health, and here’s what they wrote!
Dear little mind,
I know we've had major indifferences in the past. I know I've blamed you for most of the things in my life. I know I've hated you for hating my body. I know I've given you a hard time for giving me a hard time. But we've grown up. Won't you agree? We have learned to embrace ourselves and accept that sometimes we have difficulties and (most of the time) I've learned how to be calm towards you and give you some space to cool down and take care of us.
I hope we go on like this and even better. I want you to be the Joey to my Chandler. Even if I do something wrong, I'll try my best to understand, learn, and take care of you in the future.
You know how grateful I am for every difficulty we've faced. If it wasn't for you, I wouldn't have been as compassionate, empathetic, or understanding as I am now. You've taught me so much and I owe it to the struggles we've had together.
It's a long and difficult journey. But you're MY journey, and that's a road I'm willing to travel.
Dear resident of my mind,
I hope you give me fewer mood swings this week.
I hope you bless me with peace this month.
And I hope you enlighten me with mindfulness this year.
I have been striving to keep you in check each day. I fail at times & I succeed the rest, but through all of it, I get to know my strengths & frailties.
That, I consider one of my biggest learnings. Today, I can proudly say that I know myself thoroughly.
This self-awareness has been acting as a stem to the 'easier said than done' acceptance in my life.
I know for a fact that it has been a rotten ride for you & thus, for me as well; to the road to accept things, situations & people as they are.
We both have struggled through the driveway of shouldering acceptance due to the natural growth of anxiety.
It sure has resulted in unbearable crying, guilt-stricken venting, and the most harmful feeling ever; doubting self.
Now, I have inherently been a happy person who always tries to look at the brighter side. Sometime, somewhere in the journey, you reminded me of that. I distinctly remember trying hard to pull myself out of the self-doubt shell.
I knew that I couldn't do all of it myself and that I needed help.
I asked for it immediately and I have to admit; seeking therapy has been one of the wisest decisions I have taken in my life.
It aided me to understand various behavioral fluctuations & a plethora of wisdom about you.
You are the part of me that I need to guide well enough to be a mindful human being. You act as a teacher by showing me how it is alright to feel dull sometimes & be in the seventh heaven, for the rest of the time.
Having said that, you also teach me how to be kind and compassionate each day.
You help me grow in ways I never thought I would. You have touched my life in the most benevolent way and I look at it as a gift.
This year, I have been discovering different ways to advocate you & your well being; hoping to succeed in whatever little I can do.
Last but certainly not the least; thank you.
See you in a minute or two; because I am about to take a nap and I know you will remind me of some embarrassing thing I must have done centuries ago while trying to make me anxious about it!
Yet, at the end of it all, I will laugh at myself & sleep peacefully.
- Arya Diwakar
To Mental Health
5 August 2020
Dear Mental Health, it's been a long time since I have asked you how you are. I am pretty sure in this period of time where everyone is quarantined you are also stuck somewhere. I just wanted to assure you that everything will be alright soon. I want you to stay strong and stable in this period of time. I want you to find happiness in every little thing and want you to make people happy around you. This is only possible if you try to do new things every day and work on yourself and prepare yourself for every difficulty and face it with a lot of courage and patience. I know what makes my mental health grow is my inner peace and the thought of what if the world ends and I'm not able to do anything I really wanted to. This thought makes me do the things I want to and those things make my mental health grow. My smile inspires me to make other people smile which makes me feel peaceful.
And whatever the situation is, people around me always help me to grow and blossom. My parents support me and help me every time I need them. My friends make me laugh at my hardest times and last but not least, I, myself inspire to beat each day.
Thank you for maintaining yourself in times of need. Hope you will get better day by day.
Your mental health matters as much as your physical health. Don't hesitate to take a step towards your mental well-being. If you’re looking at talking to a professional, book your Initial Consultation with us on https://www.themoodspace.com/freeconsultation or write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Take a step towards bettering your mental wellbeing because you deserve it!
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