I've heard a lot of mental health campaigners on Facebook say that people need to be more open about mental health. That we need to talk more about it and encourage everyone to be real and authentic about how they feel.
Here's my take, cause I know you care so much haha!
Yes, tell people, but only those worthy of knowing. Only for those who actually care or show an incling of love towards you. That might seem like you've ruled out a lot of people. But I'm talking the people who are constant features in your life in a good way.
Whether that's a parent/step parent, sibling, significant other, friend, long lost friend.
Reach out and tell someone.
My argument however would be not to tell people who don't have your best interest at heart.
Don't tell work colleagues, or acquaintances or friends that aren't really people you would trust. If they don't care they don't deserve to know about your mental health. Because said people are liable to use this against you, and cause further damage to your mental health.
People also talk and are at risk of gossiping about you and your mental health. Keep anything to do with health, be it physical or mental health on a "strictly need to know basis". Because people who don't care about you won't have the balls to tell you people are talking about you behind your back, but they'll give you clues to let you know that they know about your mental health and are happy to talk about it behind your back.
We all like the idea of saving money.
Here's some tips I've found to help save a bit extra each week.
1.) Take Away food
Obviously try and reduce the amount of take aways you eat in a week (*cough* guilty) However!! One really good tip for saving money on takeaways is to make your own rice at home.
Whether you get the food delivered or your going to collect it from the shop. Put some rice on in advance, order your meal (minus) rice and you'll save yourself a bit of money.
How? Takeaways normally charge around £2 for a portion of rice. How much does it cost for a bag of rice in your local supermarket? £1.50 or there about. You get my point.
2) Declutter and Sell
I declutter every week, the house seems to be constantly coming down with stuff.
So far in the last 5 months, I've gotten rid of 6 bags of clothes between the two of us.
You could take these to a jumble sale and make some money, sell it on ebay, or if you're take it to one of those "Cash 4 Clothes" shops.
3) Grocery shopping
Buy your fruits and veg from lidl/aldi/morrisons and buy anything you can't get from these shops from bigger chains.
Most people can spend over £25 in a big chain shop easily, so why not save yourself running from one shop to the next. So run to aldi and get your fruit and veg and beans etc. and order an online shop of stuff you can't get from those shops. Saving money and time :)
4) Sign up for Clothing shop emails
They will let you know when various sales are on. You can click directly on the link and it will take you to the sale page, meaning if you're looking for gifts, or just something for yourself, you'll get it for cheaper.
Also, said emails will most likely and frequently send you discount codes
5) Insurance and Car outgoings
Shop around, go on comparison websites such as "compare the market" and "money supermarket". I'd even suggest chosing a "10 month" insurance plan in order to spread your funds out during the year.
For example: my insurance is up in May, my Tax is up in may and my car's first MOT and next service is due in May... It's also my Birthday in May. So May's an expensive month. So I've brought my MOT forward to this week coming. I can't change the tax but two years ago I chose a 10 month insurance plan so my car insurance would be due for renewal in July (plus it works out slightly cheaper)
It helps to spread out bills like this so you aren't attacked from all angles and gives you just a bit more wiggle room if you end up having some kind of emergency that you need to pay for.
Hope these are helpful :)
I am a 25 year old nurse, who is trying to find herself. This blog will contain epiphanies I have, my yoga progress and other such things. Enjoy. :)