When I found out the tragic news of Robin Williams’ death I was shocked. Even more so when I found out the reason why and what some people were saying about it.
Suicide isn’t the easy way out. I don’t think some people have any idea of how hard it is to go against your bodies natural instinct to save you from harm. Think about the mental place you must be in to be able to be strong enough to go past that. And yet people have called him a coward? Robin Williams was NOT a coward. He was a strong, funny inspirational man who was fighting an illness that happened to beat him. Unless you’ve been in his situation, you are in no place to judge if he ‘tried hard enough to be happy’. With depression every day is a battle and unfortunately saying people with it just need to ‘cheer up’ won’t make any difference. Instead it’ll make them feel worse and feel like they can’t talk to you about it.
Depression is a war. You either beat it and win or you die trying.
BUT HEY- WE RAISED MORE THAN £500!
This Saturday, me and my 3 other (very tired) friends woke up at 7am and ventured out to our local high road to raise money for Marie Curie, a charity that provides quality care for those with terminal illnesses. To say it was rewarding would be an understatement; it’s an amazing feeling to raise money that will provide the best possible quality of life for people who are in the last stages of their life, and just hearing people’s personal experiences with the charity was heartwarming- and at least we made people laugh in those ridiculous hats!
If you would like to find out more about Marie Curie or would like to donate to an amazing cause, click here!
I can’t believe how long it’s been since I last wrote anything on here! I’ve been so busy with college I haven’t had the time to write for fun and i’m also experiencing writer’s block at the moment :(
Nevertheless, I refuse to abuse this blog for another day…
So, i’ve been really happy lately (at least until this week where everything just got so much more hectic) but i’ve still been prone to anxiety attacks. Not panic attacks though. Anyway, I thought i’d share what helps me to calm down when i’m feeling panicked, just in case it helps a least one person :)
1) Breath (yes I know it sounds stupid but go with it). I focus solely on breathing, taking deep breaths in and out, and it helps my heart rate slow down
2) Play/fiddle with something. Distract yourself.
3) Rationalise. In most cases when we panic we’re in a completely harmless situation. As my old counselor told me: what’s the worst that could happen? You could get a bad grade? It’s not the end of the world. You mess up your words? Again, it’s not the end of the world.
4) Bring yourself back to reality, or at least try. This one is more for someone suffering depersonalisation or derealisation: feel the different textures around you, take a cold/hot shower, or clench your fists. It should help ground yourself.
5) Distract yourself. Read a book and soon you’ll be so engrossed in the book you’ll have forgotten what you were even worried about. Listen to a song that calms you down. Draw (if you like drawing that is, I find it soothing personally)
What about you? Is there anything that particularly helps you? Comment down below :)