Never judge someone’s health by their appearance - this goes for both physical and mental!
This post is inspired by @selfloveliv who created a similar image which I felt depicted a very important message in spreading awareness for #invisibleillness ☝🏻❤️
Sometimes I hide my true feelings behind my smile 🙂 I plaster a grin on and say “I’m fine” to conceal the real pain and turmoil I’m experiencing on the inside. It’s been something I’ve done for as long as I can remember, but have only consciously becoming aware of my actions in the past year or so. At the time I didn’t know why I did it but know, having learnt how to understand my feelings, I have come to realise it’s a coping mechanism I use in order to protect myself from showing vulnerable emotions. It also prevents drawing attention to myself or creating a deal about something that I’d rather not talk about, which seems to be a common behaviour when it comes to dealing with depression and other mental illnesses. In fact people who are experiencing mental health issues can often go unnoticed for periods of time as the symptoms we often associate with depression aren’t visible. Not all emotions have a “look” that make them clearly distinguishable. Nor do physical disabilities. This goes to show that we should never make assumptions about people’s wellbeing simply by appearance. It’s important to reach out if we suspect someone is experiencing difficulties, but also if we suspect everything is fine. Despite how difficult it can be for us to vocalise our struggles, it is necessary in order to receive the help we need. So by others making the effort to ask how we are can make all the difference! Always be mindful of the people around you ❤️