Written by: Nev Amp, Practice Consultant, Rural Alive & Well
Have you ever faced the death of a loved one, a marriage breakdown, relationship difficulties, health issues, financial issues, difficulties with your children and/or elderly parents, bullying etc.?
I can guarantee that you said Yes to at least one of the above.
We all experience tough times in life, and at times, it can feel as if the whole world is collapsing in on you. Life can hand us some curveballs and no one can have it all together all of the time.
Think of it this way. What do you do when you notice that your tractor or vehicle isn’t running well? Do you ignore the problems and hope they fix themselves? Or, do you pull over and check out the issue? Do you regularly maintain your vehicle? Do you rotate your tyres and ensure they have the right amount of pressure in them? Do you ensure the radiator has enough water? Do check the oil?
We are no different to our vehicles. That means that there are things we can all do to keep us on an even keel, even when life is really rough.
Here’s some of our favourite wellbeing actions:
So, what happens if you keep ignoring the signs that you’re struggling with your mental health and wellbeing?
Well, to be honest, you wouldn’t be the first person to try this.
Unfortunately, the ripple effects gets larger and larger, the longer we keep ignoring, minimising, or pushing away our painful experiences. Over time, stress and pressure will manifest in physical issues such as pain, heart disease, digestive issues etc… The decision is ultimately in your hands.
Do you still feel like there’s shame and failure associated with reaching out for help?
We know from experience that the greatest stigma you will face is from yourself. People who care about you want you to feel good. Just because you are doing it tough, doesn’t mean that you are not capable.
You are in the driver’s seat!
Where to turn to help? RAW is here to help you take the first steps towards reaching out for help.