Let’s talk mental health.
I was asked by a client of mine to host a yoga class to raise money for the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. She shared her personal story with me, about how she lost her friend to suicide.
Once I read her story, I knew I had to do something to help.
There are far to many people who go through things mentally and are afraid to ask for help. People don’t ask for help because they don’t know, because they don’t want to be embarrassed, because they think they are crazy.
Wanna know a secret?
I am one of those people. Ever since I was a little girl I would stress myself out so much I would get headaches on the regular. I was always a worrier.
Little did I know that was anxiety. By the time college came around, I had my first panic attack. I thought I was having a heart attack.
I was driving. I had to pull over. My body was in complete paralysis, my teeth were numb, my hands cramped up, and I was scared. After I had my first panic attack, I started to have many more. I sunk into a depression my first year of college. I took medication and it helped, but I hated how it made me feel. I found exercise and movement as a way to cope.
Later in college, I was introduced to my first ever yoga class. At first, it was just a physical form of exercise for me. But the more I came, the more I felt better. I felt my body release emotions and things I was holding on to for years. The first time I experienced a release was in pigeon pose ( which I known to bring up emotions), and I found myself hysterically crying. The teacher came to me at the end of class and told me my body was releasing something I was holding on to emotionally.
I knew then, yoga was magic.
I never wanted to attempt suicide soI can’t speak for those who have, but I have been in a very dark place a few times. I have locked myself in my room and shut out the world around me. I did not seek help.
So this is my conversation starter with you, it is OKAY to ask for help.
You are not alone.
Lets raise awareness and continue the discussion next Thursday at Laurita Winery for an Out of the Darkness SoundOff Yoga Event.
100% of the proceeds will be donated to the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention. Hope to see you there.
Jen Hansen, Founder of METTAMADE
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