Silver Linings

#Timetotalk2

When was the last time you said how you really feel?

Myself and my friend Sinead Lynch at Silver Linings have made a video looking at how the Irish and Canadians can avoid their real feelings.

Although we attempt, (please excuse my exaggerated Canadian accent) to use humour to highlight how we all can cover our true feelings. I do believe it is important to talk to someone when you are having a hard time. Life is not always easy, for many people it can seem like everyday is an uphill struggle. Sharing your internal strife with another person can sometimes help lighten the load.

And remember that animals this cute exist. That can help too.

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There’s always time to talk.

“What does your anxiety do? It does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow, but it empties today of its strength. It does not make you escape the evil; it makes you unfit to cope with it if it comes.” – Raymond Cramer

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It’s Time To Talk

Depression has a way of entering a life and taking over. It affects motivation, eating and sleeping habits, sexual drive, concentration as well as many other things. It not only affects those who suffer from it but the people that surround them. Most of us can feel helpless in it’s presence, here’s a great representation of what it can do:

The difficulty with many mental health issues is the shame that is attached. Many people are afraid to be open and honest about how they are feeling. Carrying the weight of depression is difficult, carrying it on your own is almost impossible. The charity Aware here in Ireland has a campaign to stop the silence, called It’s Time To Talk. The goal is to show how important it is to have real and meaningful conversations about mental health.

Myself and my friend Sinead Lynch at Silver Linings wanted to add to the conversation. We decided to do a short video on ‘What is Therapy’.

The reason most people don’t start therapy is because they are scared about the experience, worried about what will be uncovered. I’m not going to lie and say that therapy is easy, it’s not. It can be very difficult but it can also be a life changing experience. Uncovering the past hurt and working through it, in a safe environment built on trust, is very healing.

If you have decided that you can’t keep going the way you have been, or feel like you don’t want to do this on your own.. Get help, life doesn’t have to be this hard. You are not admitting defeat, you are admitting that some things are not meant to be done alone.

“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” – Laurell K. Hamilton

How to be Compassionate

It’s that time of year when we are constantly told to ‘love thy neighbour’, since it is Christmas and all. Personally I feel we should be kind to our neighbours all year round, especially the good ones. However, it can be increasingly difficult when we’re stressed, over worked or run down.

My friend Sinead Lynch over at Silver Linings, has some great advice regarding compassion over the holidays.  Being surrounded by family that you aren’t always used to sharing your space with can be overwhelming. Sinead suggests that compassion has it’s roots in empathy and recommends seeing the world from their perspective.

After you try to walk in someone else’s shoes, you’ll be happy for the moments when you can relax in your slippers.

Also…did you see that dancing cloud? That’s me, I’m that dancing cloud.

“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them, humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama XIV