5 Mental Health Achievements

Hey there,

So here in Ireland May is national mental health month and it’s all about raising awareness for mental health and reducing the stigma around it. I decided to publish a couple of blog posts about mental health as it’s mental health month. It’s so easy to put ourselves down and focus on the mistakes we make or the things that go not quite as well as we would have hoped but it’s so important to reflect on the good things that have happened to us and all the things we have gotten through. In this post I would like to share with you five of my very own personal mental health achievements. I’m not doing this to brag in any way at all, instead I’m doing this to share a bit of my story with you and highlight some good things that have happened as well as raising awareness for mental health and the importance of acknowledging and celebrating the good times.

  1. Getting through my exams- The Leaving Certificate which I think is the equivalent of the A Levels in the UK is something that I thought I could never get through. I was terrified and the mere thought of it made me feel instantly anxious. Now a year later I’m proud of myself for sitting seven exams, some which had two papers and having a big improvement from my mock examinations both in my grades and in my anxiety.
  2. Managing my anxiety when eating out- This is something that I’ve struggled with for a long time now and I spoke about it a few posts ago. I’ve been working really hard on this to try and be more comfortable with it. A few weeks ago I noticed a huge improvement while I was eating out with family. Now, the next time I went out for dinner after that I found a little more difficult but I need to remind myself that every time will be different and I am taking baby steps. It’s given me a little confidence boost to have managed it a little better!
  3. Going to a nightclub- This was something I could never in a million years have imagined myself doing. When I went into first year of university I made a decision that I would go at least once throughout the year so when final week of university rolled around and there was an opportunity to go I jumped at it. I was anxious leading up to it but I dealt with it, I was able to go to class and go to meetings and do some study. But it turns out I had a really great time there, dancing and singing and just having a laugh with my friends. I was exhausted when I came home and my ears were ringing which all made me a bit anxious to say the least but I’m glad I gave it a go!
  4. Speaking positively about myself when going for committee positions in college societies- If you want to go for a committee position in a society in the univerisyt I go to you have to stand up and say a few words for about 30 seconds to a minute about yourself and why you think you deserve the role. Committee positions can be anything from secretary or president to PRO or festivals co-ordinator. I really wanted to try out for one for quite some time but I was to scared to get up and go for it and speak in front of people I didn’t know. I didn’t like saying I was good at something and didn’t know what skills I had to speak about. But as the year went on I gave it a go and tried a couple of times and had a laugh doing it. I am now VP for Seminars and Conferences for ELSA- European Law Students Association, so I was delighted with that! I got involved in a couple of societies and got to know some of the other students which was great!
  5. Speaking about my mental health more frequently- Now I don’t go giving people my whole life story and the ins and outs of my mental health but I’ve been trying to be a little honest with close family and friends when they ask me how I am doing or if I’m having a bad day. Talking can really help, just knowing that advice can be offered or support given, it can make things a whole lot easier.

Thank you so much for reading my post, as you can tell it’s quite a personal one so I was a bit nervous about sharing it but I felt like it was important to do so. Feel free to share any of your recent achievements, mental health or anything else, in the comments if you’d like to do so!

Best wishes,

Girl Masked

 

32 Comments Add yours

  1. Thomas says:

    Just wanna say that I enjoyed reading this and it was a good read :). As in good read I mean it’s typed well and I can understand how you feel and what you’re going through, you’re straight forward and honest….hell you’re even brave 🙂, not easy to say all that and you even said yourself you struggled a little,which is normal when talking about private thoughts,and life don’t worry that happens to us all.
    Im sure you have family,close friends etc to talk to but Hey if you need someone to talk to who also suffers a lot with anxiety, tons of other shit 🙄😂 and mental problems then just ask away, im a very understanding person also! If you don’t know who I am, Im the guy -@HitTheTarget98_ (Aka Thomas) on Twitter that does probably be spamming your notifications with liking all your posts at once when I get online😂….sorry 🙃😅 Can’t wait for the next blog post! 🙂

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  2. This is such an inspiring post! Its so easy to look at all of the things that anxiety has stopped you from doing but its really great that you’ve made a point of looking at all the things you’ve managed despite it!- https://sophiehearts.net x

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  3. Jirah Merizz says:

    Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring us! You did great! ❤

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      No problem! Aw thank you, that means a lot! ❤

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  4. YES! I love posts like this. It’s so important to celebrate your achievements; however big or small. I can relate to the eating out one. That’s something I struggled with LOADS but I can do it now. I still get a bit anxious beforehand but I know how to manage my anxiety when I’m eating out 🙂 xxx

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  5. I don’t think that there’s anything braggadocious about celebrating your achievements! Especially with mental health, isn’t important to remind ourselves that we are indeed improving.

    Wonderful read — and glad to see that others are celebrating with you! 🙂

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  6. ofbeautyand says:

    Well done on getting through your exams – they can be so stressful x

    http://www.ofbeautyandnothingness.co.uk

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Thank you. Yes they certainly can. Thanks for reading my post. x

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  7. Thanks for sharing this personal post with us. I’m glad you’ve taken such great steps. It is wonderful you have started to talk about your mental health more. I don’t think many people understand the importance of talking, nor do they understand aspects of mental health, but by talking more we can help change this.

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  8. good luck with everything going on, mental health is very important and I’m glad more awareness is coming to it.

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Thanks so much! Me too!

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  9. It sounds like you’re coming along leaps and bounds, Kate! It’s absolutely true that it’s so easy to focus on the bad things and the things we think we can improve on, but celebrating our achievements is oh so important! I’m so proud of you for standing up and running for a committee position and for enjoying yourself on a night out as well, you’re not letting anything hold you back and that’s wonderful to see! Writing and speaking openly about mental health is so important for smashing stigma and you’re doing exactly that here! Good on you!

    Abbey ❤️

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Thanks so much, Abbey. I really appreciate that, so kind of you. Kate 🙂

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  10. This is so inspiring post, thank you so much for sharing it with us and your journey!

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk / http://www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Thanks so much, appreciate that!
      Thanks for reading it!

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    2. GirlMasked says:

      And no problem!

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  11. So proud of you with all of your achievements beautiful. 🌸✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | AlishaValerie.com

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  12. Well done on all of your incredible achievements – you should be so proud! No mean feat, and it sounds like you ought to add a sixth achievement there – posting on your blog about your mental health achievements! Well done you lovely.
    Kate x
    http://www.findingkate.co

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Thank you so much, Kate. I really appreciate that! x

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  13. I love this, and I’m so proud of you! Nightclubs and eating out are massive anxiety triggers for me too so I know how it feels. Well done on making VP, and on finishing exams- have a little rest over summer!
    Hayley X
    Lifethroughtsg.com

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Thanks so much, Hayley, I really appreciate that! Yeah thank you, definitely feel like I need the rest! Hope you have a fab Summer!

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  14. Yay keep it up! Even the small things are always worth celebrating! 🙂

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Thank you, appreciate it!

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  15. I scarily related to you a lot while reading this and you inspired me to start writing my own blog !!! so….. thank you so much !!:)))))))

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    1. GirlMasked says:

      Wow, thank you so much for your kind words. I’m delighted that I’ve inspired you to write your blog. I’ll definitely check it out! Best of luck with your blog. 🙂

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      1. Aw no worries, thank you again for inspiring me ! I’ve decided to use my blog as a sort of therapy for myself through my experiences and I have a good feeling that it is going to help me get a better positive mindset :)))))xxxx

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      2. GirlMasked says:

        No problem at all! Delighted for you! I must have a little read of your blog soon! Oooh that sounds fab, a fantastic idea. I do hope it helps you. I love blogging, it’s a great way to write about how you are feeling. 🙂 xxx

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