Friday, 12 May 2017
Mental Health Awareness Week: Life Stage Depression: Conclusion.
Trauma can occur at any stage in life and there is no predicting when the stresses of life will suddenly mount up to the point of feeling overwhelming.
We all go through tough times, but it's not just what we go through that determines our ability to cope, but how we deal with the stress- how we still manage to meet our needs as best we can, retain hope, and feel empowered. Once we understand the typical stresses of the cycle, we can prepare ourselves and others to best manage them.And a big part of this lies in having good support from others.
So what can we learn in general?
Well, first and foremost relationships matter. Having warm, good and wide-ranging friendships and relationships helps us all mentally, physically and even financially.
The one and only constant in life is change. The body morphs, circumstances alter, no new second is the same as the last. Resilience means flowing with the changes, not fighting them. Adaptability is perhaps the greatest human asset. And of course, everything passes, including hardships.
In the words of ex-slave and self-created man, George Washington Carver:
"How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic to the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these."