Be a lover. Choose love. Give love.
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Today is world mental health day and I'd just like to take the time to express how important our mental health is. Early this year I felt myself falling into a downward spiral, where I concluded that there was no point in being alive. The people that care about me know about the numerous sleepless nights, anxiety attacks, crying spells, and depressive breakdowns that I went through up until I decided that I needed help. I decided to see a therapist and it was the best decision I have ever made. Once I was diagnosed with general anxiety disorder and depression, cognitive behavioral therapy helped me cope with everything negative in my life and change my thought patterns in a way that now allows me to be in control, to be a much more reasonable and optimistic person, and to live the way I want to live. The bottom line is, it's ok not to be ok. It's ok to ask for help and it's ok to feel the way you feel. All feelings are valid. Don't let any trash person ever tell you to 'get over it' or make you feel guilty and claim that you feel the way you feel for attention because feelings are not something that we can just switch on and off. Mental health is just as important if not more important than physical health, and more than often we prioritize academics, work, or relationships over it, which should not be the case. Talk about your mental state with other people. Ask for help. Know that improvement takes time, but that it always gets better. Love your body and your mind.