If you live with a mental health condition like anxiety or depression, it’s probably not unusual for you to feel like you can’t, or don’t want to leave the house sometimes.
Tell me if this is familiar:
You go to bed determined tomorrow will be productive. But, when you wake up, you feel different. It’s one of those days. No matter how much you tell yourself to get up, get on with it, this is silly, you have so much to do; you just can’t seem to. It’s like there’s something physically stopping you. The thought of going outside is overwhelming.
As you’ll probably know if you’ve followed my blog for a while, I’m a big advocate of improving mental health.
From my own personal and professional experience, I know the giant impact that mental health conditions can have on our lives.
The thing I really want you to know, though, is that you don’t have to have a diagnosable condition in order to suffer from mental ill-health.
You can be having a ‘bad mental health day’ if you’re feeling stressed, anxious, or just generally in low mood that day.
It’s this kind of ‘every day’ mental health that I want to talk to you about today.
I can’t seem to say ‘no’ to alcohol without fear of negative response. I’m a little worried about myself.
I guess it’s come up because Christmas and New Year are generally times where we, in the UK, drink an awful lot. There are parties and celebrations and lots of “go on, since it’s Christmas”.
I don’t drink a lot. Honestly, if someone told me today that I could never have alcohol again, it wouldn’t even register. I wouldn’t care.
I don’t mind the odd glass of wine with a meal, and I’ll happily go to the pub for a few hours and have a G&T. I have had a lot of fun being drunk.
But, right now, I’m not enjoying the hours and hours of drinking.
I don’t find it fun, and I don’t like the effect it has on my body so, really, I don’t want to do it anymore.
However, putting that into practice is a different matter.