As the dawn of a new beginning draws near, April 12th, maybe the medicine we all need. A sense of hope and connection has been pulled from us all, and we never saw it coming.
The death toll in the UK from covid has been estimated at 126,000 recorded cases with 4.3 Million overall infected people, is a gruesome reality, that covid has impacted not just Britain but the globe, where data gathered from JHU CSSE COVID-19 Data confirms 125 Million people have been infected globally. It seems fair to say, the world and our mental health, has also felt the force of change.
Despite the figures, 70.9 Million people recovered and an estimated 2.75 Million deaths recorded on a Worldwide scale, are staggering and yet, for the rest of us, life as we know it has left us in limbo. It is not surprising, that mental health has risen sharply, with many people from all walks of life, have felt the weight of worry, with many of us, simply not knowing what to do or where to turn.
The pandemic has shaken us all, and so has depression, but it's how we move forward, will demonstrate how adaptable we can be in times of trouble. All genders have felt concerned with some not knowing, how to survive, and those of us, who have experienced mental health episodes, can relate to the darkness, which comes to visit and takes residence when challenges come along. Every one of us deals with life in different ways and there is no shame in depression, although, in years past, it would have been frowned upon to admit.
Men have for years, been stereotyped as have women, around gender roles and behaviour, which has thankfully started to change. Over recent years, talking about stress or anxiety, although accepted today is a private battle for men.
"Every man has his secret sorrows which the world knows not; and often times we call a man cold when he is only sad"
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Anxiety is inevitable for us all, no matter our status in life, we have all had worries, whether temporal or long-lasting, and this can take us all down a very dark, grey abyss if we let it. The relentless marketing and attention-grabbing online ads, are there to do their job, and I get it, but sometimes, we need to disconnect from the tech.
The tech giants, who create so many incredible new apps, often share in interviews, they discourage their children to connect with the very things they create, so there must be something to be said about that. Take that as you will, but if they create it, why not encourage your own children? Gary Vee, is a well-known face and celebrity, with his notable and energetic style of interviewing and telling-it, as it is, has made him an online sensation and influencer for many millennials and older generations.
Gary Vaynerchuk is the chairman of VaynerX, a modern-day media and communications holding company, and the active CEO of VaynerMedia, a full-service advertising agency servicing Fortune 100 clients across the company’s 4 locations, with an estimated fortune of £160 Million.
Whatever your opinions of success, it really does come down to perception and realising that it's all relative. Gary Vee is considered successful, and many other public figures have all at some point, felt emotionally exhausted, depressed or filled with uncontrollable worry, as entrepreneurs or business owners. They call it, the secret enemy. The journey of life was never easy, and no one said it would be an easy ride, but finding what you love and making an income out of that, is a positive way forward.
Even though days, may seem darker or numb, always know that you are not alone and help and support are always available. Just because you are struggling, it does not mean you are weak or a failure. It means it's time for support to prepare for a new start, with new opportunities. Getting to where you want to be, will require a change in your mindset, but the most important step is your mental health. You are worth it.
The Samaritans are a UK charity dedicated to helping people with depression, who feel isolated which may lead to suicide. The thought that many people are taking their own lives is deeply worrying and the Samaritans work hard to support the vulnerable. It does not matter who you are, feeling anxiety can happen at any time and there is help out there for anyone, whenever you need it. If you need to talk to someone, get in touch with the following organisations, who are there to support you.
Samaritans 116 123 (Free Call) 24 Hrs
The Calm Zone 0800 58 58 58 (Free Call)
BetterUp (888) 688-9296