My mental health day that is. What started out as a day full of motivation and wanting to get things done has slowly progressed to a complete stand still. I've got a 'to do' list a mile long and a week full of appointments that I'm losing track of where I need to be on which day. Even though everything is on my calendar, I'm feeling like I've forgotten something.
On my 'to do' list for today was:
- fold laundry
- vacuum and dust living room
- wash bathroom and toilet floors
- tidy main bedroom
- bake cookies
- finalise tax return for accountant
- organise craft supplies for Father's Day card and gift so kids can start making it
On days when my kids are at school and Kindy, I don't interact with anyone unless it's a shopkeeper or someone I've caught up with for a coffee so learning to recognise the times I need a 'mental health day' has been good for me. I suffered from depression in my early 30's and since having the kids, post natal depression. Sure, I still have my 'blue' days but I have the ability to pick myself up and concentrate on the positives.
I just wish, sometimes, that someone might say, "R U Ok?". It doesn't have to be patronising, it doesn't haven't to be interfering. Just three words that might make someone feel that there's people out there who care enough about them and the world is an okay place to be in. Unfortunately, there are people who do take their own lives as a result of depression. Fortunately, I haven't done that and don't intend on doing that anytime soon.
"R U Ok? Day" is Thursday, 15 September 2011. Check out the R U OK website for more information on how you can help, when to know if it's okay to ask "R U OK", dealing with depression and bereavement and how to get involved.
Thanks to Gemma from over at My Big Nutshell for raising awareness of this issue. And yes. I am okay but thanks for asking!