Share Your Story 01 – Talking About Your Mental Health

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This post took so long to be written and to be posted for the reason that I didn’t really know how I would approach this topic. I should have thought of it first before actually doing it. 😅 But I really wanted this blog to not just be about me anymore, I also want to relate to others. That is why I want a space in this blog to be about other people as well. I put up the Blog Directory so that if people ever visit this site, there’s a chance that they are also looking for new blogs to read or follow, and hopefully they will click on it and help them discover new blogs.

Anyways, this new segment that I’m starting which I will call “Share Your Story” (I can’t think of other creative title) is something that I was quite nervous about because I thought it would flop but I was surprised that people sent their stories. Like, I’ve said before I wanted to discuss more about things that we feel insecure and scared to talk about, and to be more specific— our mental health. Some of the stuff you guys sent me was quite heavy and really personal, that is why this took so long because I wanted to really think about the things that I will write. I want to start with something that I personally relate with. I’m going to leave all the stories anonymously, just for privacy reasons. And also, all views here are not professional and medical advice, these are all just for the purpose of discussions and opinions.

“Its difficult for me to talk about what I feel because I don’t want pity from others. I try to hide it and not talk about it with my family and friends but i write what I think about in my journal, I also play guitar to relax, it somehow ease my anxiety. Sometimes, I think my family will not understand as I live in a very strict and perfectionist manner of a household. But i’m okay for now, this is a great space by the way, thank you for doing this.”


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To whoever sent this, I personally relate to you. I have a habit of bottling up my emotions because I feel like I’ll become a burden to someone. And there’s a possibility that people will add up to the negativity that I’m already carrying by saying things like, “you’re being dramatic”, “it’s all in your head”, or “get over it” etc. That’s what scares me the most with talking about it with other people, the judgment from them will make it even worse. But talking about it really helps, especially when you talk about it with someone you trust or care about. It’s great that you have an outlet for your feelings and thoughts, it’s great to have an escape. But at some point you need to talk about it with other people who you trust and who you daily see face to face. I was scared to talk about it with my friends and family but when I did, I was surprised by their support. I was surprise how my sister felt the same way as I did when she was growing up, and I didn’t know that because we NEVER TALK ABOUT IT (sorry for shouting). And that is the point of all of these, we need to start talking about it. I know it’s different for everyone of us, and I know you have a strict family and I don’t know what it’s like in your home. But give it a try, maybe you’ll be surprised by how supportive they are or it may not be a family member, just start with someone that you truly know and trust who will not judge you for whatever you’re going to tell them. I hope you’re doing okay, and for awhile you can talk to me about it, if you’re still not comfortable or ready to open up with your friends or family. I always say that talking to strangers can also be helpful because there’s clearly no judgment. 😊

This space that I’m creating on this blog is great to get insights and to really start discussions about what mental health is really about, to get insights about how other people deal with it. How other people cope with problems and a bunch of other awkward but important topics that we are too scared to talk about. But at the end of the day, what matters more is what you are going to do. This is just an escape (I can’t believe I’m dragging this segment before it even starts) 🤣. Whatever I stated here or the comments here are clearly just opinions.

Thank you so much for sending your stories, if you want to send something that you wanted to talk about and get insights on please click here.

Every story is worth sharing. ❤


What are your thoughts about this topic? Share it in the comments below.

Always remember to be kind, not just on others but also on yourself. See you on my next post! ❤


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16 thoughts on “Share Your Story 01 – Talking About Your Mental Health

  1. I think it is very kind of you to promote such a space and for us to be able to share our stories.

    Being able to open up and share experiences in a non judgemental space is so important. Much of our struggle is due, unfortunately, to something that happened in our childhood.

    Families can be tough. However, I agree there will be those in our families who are willing to listen and support. Finding ways to engage so that other family members begin to understand or gradually accept is a journey. It is always worth a try. Embrace the small wins and cherish when a family change happens for the better 😊

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    • Thank you so much for taking time to read and comment. ❤ I agree, most struggles we face starts with our family, it’s sad but most of the time and in most cases, they are the cause of our problems.

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  2. I totally agree with you on the part where we should start talking about how we feel, it’s not healthy to just keep it to ourselves and I feel like our society is getting more and more accepting and open about Mental Health.

    I love what you’re doing with your blog and how you want this to not be only about yourself anymore. Hopefully, more people will find out about this and will be able to share their stories here. Thank you for this post, Joana! 💗

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    • It is never okay to bottle up our emotions. And, yes I’m glad that people are now trying to understand what mental health is really about.

      Thank you so much, I hope so too. Thank you Carla! ❤🤗

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  3. I agree, sometimes, it does become difficult to open up and speak what we are going through but it is also important to talk about it, otherwise, it will kill us more inside, we can’t talk with everybody but there are few who actually care for us, I talk with my mom when it goes out of my capacity to handle the stress.
    You are doing a great job, Joana 💙

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  4. Couldn’t agree with you more! It’s high time we open up and talk about how we truly feel. Not everyone is going to understand but sharing does help the stress get out of one’s chest.

    Also, you’re doing an amazing job here, Joana! It’s a great initiative and keep doing the good that you’re doing! Best wishes ✨💐

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  5. It’s so kind of you to put up a space where everyone can just share their stories without being judged by anyone.

    Mental Health is such a healthy topic to be discussed especially for promoting awareness. Let us all be kind to each other especially ourselves. It may be hard to open up to someone at times but once you find the right person to talk to, you’ll surely feel better. ☺️💛

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