I was going to write about new music that a few of my favorite bands came out with for this editorial, but I soon realized that I write about music all the time. I always say, “well, it’s because I love music.” That is true, but I think what really sticks out to me is the emotion in the music. I realized that a lot of the music I listen to helps keep my racing mind steady.
Let me just say, the beginning of this semester has not been easy in the slightest. I struggled to focus on a lot, but then over focused on things at the same time. I could not get my min
d to stop thinking. My grandfather ended up in the hospital (he is doing okay now) and that ended up fueling more anxiety. I was struggling with balancing homework for my classes while also trying to take a break to keep myself sane. Two things kept me going these past weeks: my friends and music. My mental health was not at its best. I put on the fake smile and told everyone I was fine while on the inside all I wanted to do was sleep. I did not want to go to classes. I did not want to do homework. I did not want to do anything. However, I persisted through with the help of those around me and the soothing words of song lyrics that cheered me on and told me I was not alone.
I bring all of this up because mental health is important. Knowing how to take care of yourself is important. I cope by listening to music and hanging out with my friends. Doing something creative also helps. Everyone is different. I know a lot of people are uncomfortable with talking about mental health, especially their own, but no one should be scared or ashamed to talk about it. Everyone has their own anxieties and reasons to be unhappy. But it is okay to not be okay and I think more people need to hear that.
Last year the Billboard had a fundraiser for the nonprofit charity, Hope for the Day. We sold bracelets that said, “It’s okay to not be okay. Have hope.” We still have bracelets for anyone who would like them, free of charge. If anyone is interested, please contact me. Do not be afraid to talk about your mental health. Help break the stigma associated with it. After all, no one is alone.