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#MHAW16 - Relationships

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week, so I wanted to dedicate a post to this year's theme: relationships.

If you've read some of my previous posts or have been a reader for a while, you'll know that mental health is an issue close to my heart and I have my own personal experiences with it.

'Relationships' is a tricky topic, but this year the Mental Health Foundation aims to shed light on the importance of healthy relationships in relation to building good mental health.

Relationships doesn't have to mean romantic relationships, it can mean anything between your partner to your friends to your family, to work colleagues and bosses. It is absolutely impossible to have a good relationship with everybody; it's just a fact of life that some people will rub you up the wrong way. But it is beyond important to have a strong network of people around you, even if that's just one or two. For me, when it comes to relationships I definitely choose quality over quantity.

Although I suffer (I hate that word, it makes me sound like a victim!) quite badly with bouts of depression and near-constant anxiety, I am very fortunate to have a few close relationships that help me get through it.

My mum and dad are my number ones - I am extremely lucky to have fabulous parents, as I know not everyone does. They're off their rockers but understanding and supportive. They also give me a kick up the backside when I really need it. My mum especially can be brutally honest but sometimes you need to know when you're spending too much time wallowing and when it's time to get back up and face the world again. I don't find it hard to believe that two weird and wonderful people created someone as great as me!

My friends of course are vital to me; I'll be the first to admit, I actually don't have loads of friends (surprises me too, I'm hilarious!) but I don't mind, because I don't always have the energy to keep up with any more people! My flat mates and my best friends keep me going on days when I really can't be bothered getting out of bed. They are sensitive and I know I can talk to them without fear of judgement. They never pressure me to make plans but always invite me anyway, even if they know I'll probably cancel at the last minute. They never give up with me and that is something I have depended on for years.

My boyfriend gives me a nice break from my mental health sometimes... Mainly because he's an idiot and it feels like I'm babysitting a toddler when I'm with him, so I have absolutely no time to think about my feelings! I will admit that he is not necessarily the first person I turn to to talk about my mental health, but I think that's alright as long as I have other people to discuss it with. Regardless, I know I am loved unconditionally and that's a lovely thought to have in the back of your mind when the rest of your thoughts are telling you how rubbish you are.

Without people like those I've mentioned (and even people that perhaps I haven't) I'd be a big sad sack of despair, rotting away in bed, never seeing the light of day. I can't thank any of them enough for being my support network when I've really needed it.

As part of this MHAW, the Mental Health Foundation is challenging everyone to make a #RelationshipsResolution in order to improve the relationships we have with people around us. My Relationships Resolution is going to be making the effort to see my family more often, as well as taking more time away from my phone whilst I'm hanging out with other people.

What's your #RelationshipsResolution?

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