It’s that time of year again. We’re working our way through the January blues, easing our way into the year, when suddenly, we’re hit by a wall of unpleasantness. I’m talking, of course, of the new year flu bug.
Now I know what you’re thinking: “Andy, this is a MENTAL health memo, what are you doing trying help us fight a cold?”
But that’s just is. We as a society spend far too much time segregating mental and physical health. It is in fact times like these, when my body and immune system are at its weakest, when I must be most conscious of my mental wellbeing.
It can be a very stressful time, being ill, made all the more so when you have to tackle it alone. I am fortunate enough to have a terrific nurse in my partner, but she herself has been unwell this passed week.
Tackling illness however can be a strenuous load to bare, even with a helping hand. Try to be conscious of how your current state of wellbeing might affect your regular struggles, like your anxiety or depressive symptoms, before you tackle your biggest challenges; Awareness is wellness.
We need to be more aware of how our physical illnesses can cross wires with our day to day mental health difficulties; otherwise it can be quite easy to use a weeks cold & flu symptoms, as a perfect excuse for a lack of self care, and an increased period of self-destruction.
Remember, it’s called getting better for a reason!