World Mental Health Day

October 10, 2017

to be honest, i feel my heart begin to race & the sounds around me begin to tunnel as i write this.

i know many others who fight every day. to get out of bed. to smile. unless you have been there, it is quite hard to truly understand. for much too long, mental health has been downplayed & not thought to be a “real” disease. your brain is legitimately not producing enough noradrenaline, serotonin or dopamine. yet so many insurance companies refuse to cover psychologists or psychiatrists. if i shared with someone that i found out that i have cancer & that my body is attacking itself, people are so quick to help, listen and bring empathy. but when we share that our brains are attacking us, we are often labeled as “dramatic”, “sensitive”, or my personal favorite remedy ” don’t worry about it, it’s going to be ok”. i know things might be ok, but that doesn’t depreciate the feelings & thoughts that my brain are creating in my alternate reality. because we don’t talk about it, we suffer quietly & dig a hole so deep that we can’t see the light anymore. did you know that suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the US? that, on average, there are 121 suicides each day. these are PEOPLE that believe that ending it all is the only way out of a constant nightmare that has become their life.
shame, hopelessness, & fear don’t discriminate. while we may be fragile at times or need a little extra love, remember that for every action there is an equal & opposite reaction. we love & we love hard. because we have been there. today, i am not asking for you to go out & make some big difference. just try to interact with people a little more gently and openly. because once we talk about it, that is when things shift. help us shift this world & remind everyone that it is ok not to be ok. that every. single. human. matters. choose love & choose light #WorldMentalHealthDay ;

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My name is Lauren and I am yogi and marketing specialist in my mid-20s living in KC after spending a few years finding myself in SF. I love laughing, teaching, learning, Broad City & Workaholics (I tend to clump them together), cooking, trying new things (sounds cliché, but it's true!), writing, art of any kind, growing, bending (my mind and my body), and most importantly, my friends and family. I created The Loving Lotus as a space for me to unwind and share basically all of the above. I am so happy you made it here and would love to hear your thoughts on my page or just talk over a glass of wine or coffee. Feel free to contact me about either. Or both. 🙂

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