The Happy Aquarian: Reflecting on 2018
Just like everyone is doing today, we’re looking back on events of 2018. Events that made us laugh, events that made us cry, and all the events in-between that made us understand ourselves better. There are way more fond memories than bad memories, so 2018 was a pretty good year for us here at Aquarian Gardens.
We committed to our mission of sharing our non-traditional approaches to caring for our mental health in hopes of helping others struggling; because “we ride the crazy train some days just like you do.”
Our #SelfCareSummer campaign forced us to make ourselves a priority in our lives. So many of us, women especially, take care of others before we take care of ourselves. Self-care is not a bad word. You’re not being selfish by taking care of yourself. In an airplane, you need to put the oxygen mask on yourself before you assist others because if you pass out from lack of oxygen, who can you help? Think of self-care as the oxygen mask in your life.
Bringing awareness to mental health and helping to end the stigma was an important part of our blogging and social media shares for 2018 (along with #FridayReads, nerdtastic musings, and funny cat videos.) We are passionate about sharing our struggles with depression, anxiety and PTSD in hopes of ending the stigma placed on people suffering for mental health issues. Remember, people with mental health illnesses don’t look at all like you and me. People with mental health illnesses look exactly like you and me.
Stigma is a disease that harms the 1 in 5 people with mental illness. Stigma leads to shame, silence, fear and hopelessness that prevents the millions of people struggling with mental illness from seeking help.
We joined the 2018 #CureStigma campaign supported by NAMI because we too believe that people choose to end their lives due to the stigma of living with a mental health disorder.
“The perception of mental illness won’t change unless we act to change it.”
Our mission going into 2019 will remain the same, sharing our non-traditional creative and holistic approaches to caring for our mental health. In 2018, we lost loved ones to suicide and experienced the affects that suicide has on the survivors. We dealt with these emotional times with the loving support of our friends and family, by journaling and writing blogs to let others know that they are not alone. We whole heartedly believe that understanding your mental health and knowing what works and doesn’t work for is the first step in taking charge of your mental health. Don’t let others dictate what you should do.
Not everyone suffering from mental illness have positive, loving support that we are thankful to have here at Aquarian Gardens. So, we have built our blogs around providing a virtual safe, supportive environment to anyone lacking support.
We hope you join us in 2019 in our continued commitment in ending the stigma to help the 1 in 5 of us trying to live our best lives with mental illness.