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Take Care: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

We all went through a lot last year and continue to go through a difficult period in our lives. Maybe now it doesn’t seem like the right time to pause and reflect. But let's try.

After all, today is May 1st, and May is Mental Health Awareness Month. So let's first acknowledge the difficult truth. World Health Organization spokesman Jarno Habicht said on December 20, 2022 that about 10 million people in Ukraine, or a quarter of the population, may suffer from mental illness due to the war. After all, this is every fourth Ukrainian. It seems to me that now it is generally difficult to find a Ukrainian who is doing well.

Experts talk about various forms of illness, ranging from anxiety and stress, loss of normal sleep, irritability, and ending with more severe conditions, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), caused by difficult, painful, unpleasant events. At the same time, the number of cases is only growing.

What exactly is meant when we talk about mental disorder? This includes any mental, behavioral or emotional disorder, such as:

  • Depression

  • State of Alarm

  • Mood disorders, including bipolar disorder

  • Personality disorders

  • Psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia

  • Trauma and PTSD

  • Eating disorders

The reasons for this are now obvious. Loss of loved ones, loss of home, change of city or country, isolation from others, grief and job loss, as well as lack of access to mental health services during difficult times. These are all factors that contribute to poor mental health.

But it's important to remember that you are not alone. Now is the time to focus on healing, reaching connection with others and connecting in safe ways, recognizing that it is okay not to feel good.

What can help you:

  • An individual therapy program with a specialist that supports a speedy return to a full, productive life

  • Somatic exercises

  • Naturopathy (gemmotherapy and homeopathy, etc.)

  • A space for people committed to self-healing and communication in a safe environment.

First, we must understand that mental illness is not something we can overcome through willpower. We can't tell ourselves "Stop it" and stop, "Don't feel it" and no longer feel.

This also does not mean that we are failures. Biological factors such as genes or brain chemistry, trauma and abuse, as well as a family history of mental illness and birth trauma can cause mental illness, or intensify the ones we already have.

Stress is a common occurrence in our bodies; We can usually recover from short periods of stress, and it's even good to have such "training" to grow our resilience. But stress over a long period of time increases the burden on our health.

Mental stress can also affect the immune system in many different ways and make physical illnesses worse. So, what do I offer you now?

Reach out your hand and unite!

Are you or a loved one experiencing difficulties? The fact that everyone feels the same problem can give us positive benefits. We know we are not alone in this. The problem is that we all struggle in one way or another, and this can affect the amount of support you can receive from others.

So I invite you to join my new Self-Healing Space where we will be:

  • study yourself and nature

  • work with yourself through awareness of your condition, somatic practices, gemmotherapy.

  • change our daily habits

  • communicate with similar people and receive the support we need

You can find out more and join us here:

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