- Mental Health
- Substance Use
- Healthy Living
The Kelty Youth Ambassadors are young people from across the province passionate about raising awareness for mental health and wellness. This year, they have focused on self-care and have created blog posts, photo collages, poetry, and other creative forms of expression to illustrate how self-care takes shape in their lives, and how it helps them maintain their mental wellness. On our blog and social media channels, we will be posting their submissions in a series dedicated to self-care. The below post is one of the KYA submissions.
In 2014, I was involuntarily hospitalized due to the death of my grandfather which impacted me to a great extent as I saw him as the father figure who has raised me for as long as I can remember. It was ironically on the day in which we were supposed to celebrate a baby shower. It was late evening and as I was calling him out of his room, he collapsed out of the blue. I was scared senseless and blamed myself for it, for not doing something.
I felt alone, hopeless and pushed away everyone I cared about. In my duration of my stay, I’ve learnt to cope with my grief.
With the help of the nurses and amazing doctors, I’ve began opening up once more to the people whom I have cared about in the past. Reaching out to another person, to me, takes a lot of courage and in my opinion, is self-care because you’re taking care of yourself by reaching out to people who may be able to help you. I would have never built the courage to talk to them about what I’ve been through and how traumatized I was due to the incident. I’ve learnt to value those who helped me through the rough patch and eventually eased some of my pain. As time passes, I started developing hobbies in which I fell out of such as long (and sometimes silent) phone calls with someone, excerpts and going on long walks surrounded by nature. I especially love walks in a natural environment as it eases my thoughts which may be happening in the moment and makes me value life a little bit more every single time.
Nature is beauty in its’ purest form as it has not been altered in anyway. There’s such a diversity of organisms and together they all seem to belong. Self-care is such a crucial step into being healthy because my body will need its’ breaks due to maybe the overwhelmed moment I’ve just encountered, the amount of academics I may have or a serious situation I may have had to face. Self-care to me is listening to what my body thinks what’s right for me in that moment and something which doesn’t cause me to resist it. Once I have cared for myself and listened to my body, I found it so much easier to focus on the things I needed to get done. As cliché as it sounds, it gets better. In the moment, it may feel like there may be nothing to live for but think of it like this, if you’re rock bottom, you can only rise up from there. Show those who thought so low of yourself that you’re worth it, show yourself that you’re worth it.