Friday, 10 January 2014
Word of the Week
It's been long recognised that January is the most depressing month, people feel down about returning to work after the Christmas and New Year break! But what about the percentage of us, that every month is a repeat of January, those who suffer from depression, stress, anxiety? Every month is a struggle, there are good days and there are bad days but it's still a journey, a battle that no one else can see except the person who is suffering.
This is where empathy comes in. It's so easy to say 'Cheer up! It might never happen' or 'What have you got to be depressed about?' but it doesn't help...not in the slightest. I'm not an expert on mental health issues, I'm just a person who suffers from it. But if we all treated people with a bit of empathy, a kind word or a smile could be the only positive gesture that person has had that day, it certainly wouldn't cure them but would make them feel a whole lot better.
This month I've made a point of saying 'Good morning' or smiling at neighbours or people at the school gates, I've been extra friendly to the assistant at any shop I visit. I stop and ask work colleagues if they are ok or if they have had a nice day.
It's not going to change the world, but I sure feel a lot better and hopefully I've brightened up someone's day.
I'm linking up with The Reading Residence for the Word of the Week Blog-Hop.