I am honored to have been interviewed for the Willamette Week’s Best of Portland edition this week. Check it out here.
As adults who have the luxury of being able to recognize the importance of treating mental health issues with care, we can, regardless of our nationalities or political leanings, acknowledge that young people need our help feeling like the world belongs to all of us who are on it. Even if this is done from a distance with donations, votes, calling our elected officials, illustrating a coloring book, et cetera, it is all of our jobs to look out for the people who aren’t able yet to look out for themselves.
Water. Not only does it cover about 70% of the earth, you are made of approximately the same amount of water. (Mileage may vary by body mass, age, and how much you drink!) If you are dehydrated, especially chronically so for extended periods of time, this can lead to problems with: memory, fatigue, headaches, sleep, and depression. Do yourself a favor and lubricate the ol’ brainmeats. You may just find yourself better able to handle the day*.
(*dayhandling has been shown to have the following side effects in clinical trials: getting out of bed, wearing something besides pajama pants and a frown to the post office, practicing aikido, smashing your local patriarchy, giving live birth to a magnum opus, running for public office, and good old-fashioned not giving up.)
It can be hard to deal with people who act like they are just discovering mental health issues for the first time when a celebrity shows up with it. Personally, I want to scream, “Nicely done Columbus, I’ve been here the whole time trying to appear business casual!” While a majority of people may lack the language to not treat you like a brand ambassador for depression, anxiety, etc, it helps to be as patient as you can with everyone. You don’t know what a public conversation about the thing that stalks you and tries to sabotage your life 29 hours a day has got another human thinking about.
Try and remember your dreams. With practice, it becomes easier. Your sleeping mind has many important things to say about your well-being.