Before reading this article, we would like to highlight that this is intended to be consumed with a light tone and is not intended for individuals suffering with their mental health. It just refers to a pessimistic attitude. If you feel as though you are struggling with your mental health, you are not alone, it is so common. The Irish Times published an article outlining the findings that show that Ireland has one of the highest rates for mental health illness in Europe. You can gain access to the article by clicking here.
With everything that’s going on in the world, it’s easy to lose sight of the small things. After all, it can be the kind gestures, the good company we’ve always had, our increase savings or even the nice coffee we have every morning that all come together to make our day significantly better and our smiles that little bit brighter. Every cloud most certainly has its silver lining and deriving the positives can sometimes be hard to do but wallowing in the negatives is destructive. Our motto is to, “always look on the bright side of life,” Eric Idle (1979).
It can be all too easy to get wrapped up in what we don’t have and what’s been taken away instead of focusing on what we do have and what’s been given. For example, lock down has taken away our ability to socialise with friends but has granted us more time with our immediate families or house mates in some cases and allowed us to nourish and deepen those relationships. In a lot of cases they can co-exist, it must be one or the other. For musicians, it may have taken away public performances, but granted them the ability to create the best music they’ve ever created.
The list truly goes on and on, but the main thing to take from this is that you always have 2 options and it’ll boil down to your mind set. Think of the glass half full/half empty analogy. Focusing on the bad in a situation takes away from the good in it. If you allow yourself you be consumed by what you don’t have, you lose slight of what you do have.
If you are a glass half empty kind of person, that’s okay! The first step is admitting it. Now that you’re aware of it, try and catch yourself when you’re falling into a doom and gloom mindset. To help yourself change your way of thinking and viewing of the world, we have created this Facebook group, The Bright Side. It’s a space whereby people can go to post things that make them happy. it can be anything at all. The particularly nice coffee you had, the conversation on the bus, the promotion you got, the painting you did or the picture you took. It can be anything. The group was set up as a reminder of the small things, because we believe that it’s the small things that on their own and collectively can significantly improve our lives. The group also challenges us to recognise the positives day to day, as we can all be guilty of taking them for granted. Recognising and appreciating them can also remind us just how wonderful life truly can be.
For now, here’s something small to brighten your day. We hope you can whistle. 😉
We would like to finish on saying that if you feel as though your mental health is not good, that you should seek professional help. There is a big difference between what has been outlined in this article and real poor mental health. If you would like to get further information before deciding on whether you are going to reach out to a professional, we have listed resources below to give you the tools you need before establishing whether you would like to do so.
Click here for information on mental health from the HSE’s website.
Click here for the resources section on Mental Health Ireland.
Click here for mental health supports and services during COVID-19 (taken from the HSE website).