Mental Health Matters

Right now, you might be fine. You might not have any sort of mental problems, no emotional stress whatsoever. But someday you will. My meanest college professor told our class this, and she is right. It may not be you who develops a mental health disorder, or who has emotional stress, but it may be a loved one. You may need to be there for someone when they are working through their problems. This is why I think mental health awareness is very important. It is also important to check on your own mental health. I’m not saying go to a therapist annually to make sure everything is running smoothly upstairs. Simply check up on yourself, don’t spread yourself too thin. Remember to take “you” days. Do things that relax you, even for ten minutes. It is much easier to take this time and keep yourself healthy than to break down altogether. I like to remind myself and others that the human mind is extremely fragile. The sticks and stones saying isn’t true. Words hurt. Be kind to others, you never know how badly your words might hurt someone.

Friday the Thirteenth

A silly comment was made
A meaningless joke…
I smile at the imagery my mind has created.

Defending her…
It’s suddenly all that’s on my mind…
My heart races equally as my thoughts.

It wasn’t her…
It was me.
My mind and heart now pounded in confusion.

Defending myself…
My thoughts now frantic
This is not who I am.

A good person is who I am.
With words far less eloquent than these…
My stomach burns with rage.

Desperate for understanding
Aching for the relief of being defended…
Doubled over in pain, I try to breathe.

My heart and mind continue to race
Now focused on the intense twisting of my abdomen
I make it home.

Horizontal on the couch
A pill is delivered.
The television absorbs my thoughts.

Body heavy and warm
Eyelids at half mass
These people know who I am.

My mind is no longer racing.
My body is relaxed.
Relief sets in…

Until morning.