The Distance Between your Brain and your Dream. by Amelia Stuttard

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Mental health is a topic on the rise – younger generations are having the issue posted on every social media platform you can name and with that, we are finally normalising the struggle that is our own minds. With the increase in media exposure, the stigma around mental illness and what it means for the sufferers are quickly becoming a mere thought of the past among the majority, especially in regard to depression and anxiety. While ideas that those that suffer from their poor mental health are ‘weak’ or ‘self-involved’ are beginning to be dismissed, it can be difficult for the sufferers themselves to understand that what happens in their brain is completely normal.
When a person’s mental health is deteriorating, even completing simple everyday tasks such as showering or making the bed can seem like the most difficult thing in the world. Starting a business can be stressful, time-consuming and sometimes a big kick in the teeth for even those at peace with their own minds. As is life, it will not always be smooth-sailing and for those suffering from their mental health, those rocky times can seem like the end of the world. You might question how what you want most in the world could cause you so much aggravation; it is in times like this that you must step away, take a breath and remember just what started it all. And while the tricky thing with mixing pleasure with business is that after time the line between them blurs just until you cannot tell which is which anymore, you must just take one single step back, the line gets clearer when your mind does.
Not only has the stigma on mental health warped, but there is also now far more opportunities to seek and receive professional help for the days that are too much to bear. Health care has massively improved in the last decade or so as a result of the rise in mental illnesses and our understanding of them has led to greater medication and a far greater variety of treatments. Knowing when to utilise this advanced support is vital not just to your health but to the success of your project.
Depression and anxiety are examples of mental health illnesses that 1 in 4 people suffer from each year – meaning 1 in 4 of the people you sit beside at board meetings, or 1 in 4 of the people you work on a business project with, will be struggling with the invisible monster in their head. The rise in mental health awareness has helped so many people put a name to their own demons but yet so many people also fail to recognise a cry for help when it is screaming so loudly in their ear. From this blog, I would just like to remind you all that being professional does not take priority over the wellbeing of yourself or others around you. And as for those worried that your mental health is getting in the way of your dreams, I think it important to remember that the distance between you and your success is exactly the same, only the duration is different.

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