Over the last few years of blogging I feel like I have grown up so much, especially because I have had to, but mainly because so much has happened to me on my mental health journey I feel like it could probably face the world! I look back at my younger years and think about how much has changed and it’s madness to think about how much I have grown as a person in almost 10 years. (WOW I feel bloody old.) So I thought it would be a good idea to write what advice I would give my younger self if I could, but what would I say I wonder?
Don’t see mental health as a weakness
I’ve battled with anxiety, depression and agoraphobia for the past 5 years now, and it’s been 5 of the most difficult years I’ve ever had to go through. I won’t tell you all the ins and outs of why it was so painful and what caused it, but do you know what it has made me the person that I am today. I am not saying there aren’t bad days for me, trust me, there are but I know I can get through this.
Follow your heart
This might sound really corny, but I have always been the kind of person to wear my heart on my sleeve, I am passionate about a lot of things and always want to do what is best for myself and others, but if you want something follow your heart!
I made so many amazing memories with my friends at school, I was so grateful to have the best friends ever, however I definitely took for granted being able to see all my friends everyday. You might not always be friends with those people in 10 years time, but those memories will last a long time.
Quality over quantity of friends
I always wanted to be friends with everyone but what I’ve learned is you can count your true friends probably on 1 hand, it’s not a bad thing, to be honest it’s a good thing. You want friends that are going to be there through the good and the bad times.
Work hard, it’s worth it
At school I was such a nerd, I always worked really hard because I knew exactly what I wanted to do and where I wanted to be in life, obviously it didn’t exactly work out the way I wanted it to, but when does it ever?
Don’t change for others
I’m the kind of person that always wanted to fit in with people, and I thought I had to change myself for people to like me, but that is totally not the case. If people really want to be friends with me, they will like me for who I am, not who I try to be.
What advice would you tell your younger self if you could? Leave your response in the comments!
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