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Are You Hard on Yourself?

Most people are incredibly hard on themselves every day. With extreme expectations, people routinely roast themselves under a grill; about what they could have done, what they should have done or what they could do better.

We live in a world where even the greatest achievements are seen as not enough and you should always strive to have more or increase your status. It’s not surprising people don’t feel good enough.

The ironic twist of this is that if you are someone who is hard on yourself, you are also very likely someone who consistently tries their best.

Would you ever expect the people you love to do more than the best they can?

Give yourself a break.

Love yourself as you love others.

You are not a robot.

You are not a machine.

You are a human.

You deserve a break.

Seriously, take it right now.


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Things I Personally Recommend

Many clinical studies have been done linking Vitamin D deficiency to depression and anxiety.

I regularly take this type and find it to be very helpful.


Keep Fighting. Stay Strong.

George Mason :-)

Demand Mental Health Equality Now!

Those of us with mental health issues are treated like a third class within society, we are consistently looked down upon as people with fewer abilities than others.

As someone who struggles every day with mental health issues I understand how much of a battle life can be. The day to day activities that other people find easy, are not that way for me.

Like Einstein said; “Everyone is a genius, but if you judge a fish on its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Every day people with mental health issues are being judged in that same way. The person who society judges cannot cope with mundane day to day tasks can often have excellent abilities in other areas that are unappreciated.

How many great artists, geniuses or mathematicians have been unrecognised, so they have rotted away in mundane work? Even worse they will drown in unemployment when deep inside they have a calling for true greatness, and could contribute huge amounts to society with their own unique talents.

Society repeatedly leaves people who are different out in the cold. All you need to do is look at statistics of any country and you will find within unemployment, poverty, suicide, debt, homelessness and alcoholism; a disproportionate number of people who have mental health issues. Society does not help these people. They become increasingly marginalised as they go further and further into the fringes in order just to cope and survive.

Each individual has limitless potential if given the right help and support. Ultimately societies failure to capture this potential and help it grow is societies own loss. We all lose every time someone who could have given their special genius is lost in this sheer waste of possibility.

Until the core root of conformity is changed, until diversity is embraced, until we see difference as strength, there will always be someone on the outside.

Rarely is the ability to conform a mark of true intelligence; and the highest rewards in our backwards society always gravitate towards those who have the greatest ability to conform and do what they are told. Not only is this fact morally wrong but also upside down. It results in a society of people who are miserable as they find the freedom to be themselves meaningless and their own unique ability is not appreciated.

Not only does society reward conformity but it also consistently rewards the most selfish behaviour of those amongst us. Just look at how society is structured, look at those who are the wealthiest financially. They are those who have the ability to be the most self-serving, this behaviour is consistently rewarded. Yet on the other side of the spectrum those who are the most selfless and caring receive the least material rewards. They are punished for this behaviour by society to teach us that greed is good.

Children growing up learn that this is normal, this forms the thinking of our future generations, forging a new society in the image of greed and self-interest. In many senses society consistently educates us that conformity is the only way, for those who choose to not conform; they are either punished or left isolated and alone, on the outside looking in.

This type of conformity is highly organised and enforced primarily by the state and corporations and the tiny elite who control this highly unequal world.

What we as a people must become aware of is, this is not the main power behind the control system of conformity, we are. We are all programmed to be part of the security system that keeps it running. Every time you look at someone and see difference instead of uniqueness, you are feeding this system.

Over years, you have been programmed to be a gatekeeper for them, to keep this system of oppression strong and alive. The kindest of people are mistakenly part of this cruel system. It is time that we waken up and no longer be pawns for those who seek to oppress us.

People are not cookies, and they cannot be shaped by giant state based cookie cutters. People are emotional and intellectual entities of great uniqueness and power. Until this idea has true value, people will suffer unmeasurable pain.

How many people have been treated badly because they are different? When you are on the receiving end of societies intolerance the world can seem like a very cold and harsh place. We must move beyond survival of the fittest, and move towards caring for each other. Life is not a game or a competition. We should not be forced to outdo each other in order to survive. What right does society itself have to treat anyone in this way? Just because we are not the same?

Whether it is other people looking at you as if you have limited or no potential, or an employer ending your contract early; mental health bigotry isn’t always obvious in society. Especially with those who have little personal experience of it as a fact.

The change must come from within us, the people, not the state, not government, not corporations. As individuals we need to alter how we perceive reality in this sense, and this is something each of us can do through a sense of awareness. We need to make it so we are no longer the gatekeepers and enforcers of something we do not believe in.

It doesn’t have to be this way, we need to reach out to each other in diversity and help each other. If we all do this, it will come back to you when you need it.

If we build a community that is inclusive of everyone, that change is there for everyone. If you ever find yourself alone, the community will back you, as you backed them.

If you believe in equality, be equality first, if you be the society you need, the society will be what you need.

We can create a better world, that is for everyone, not one person left outside, not one person left alone.

Humanity, united in diversity.


Things I Recommend

Several studies have been done linking Vitamin D deficiency to depression and anxiety. I regularly take this type as it provides a much better dose than most types available to buy, giving 4000IU per day, it can help your body to fully recover from any long term deficiency, I have seen good improvements with this recently.


If you can, please support my writing through Patreon.

Any support, no matter how small is greatly appreciated and will help me keep up the fight.


I hope your day is good.

George Mason 

🙂

Freedom from Mental Illness, Can We Win?

Living life as someone who is deeply effected by mental health issues I wake up every day to a battle, it all makes me so tired. I have a range of mental health issues that include Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Social Anxiety, Depression and PTSD.

From the moment I wake up every day they are there like a gang of warders keeping me in this prison, they are there when I get out of bed, if I manage to get out of bed. They are there when I put on my clothes, they are there when I use the toilet, when I eat, when I talk to others, when I think, when I feel, there is no escape from them, they stand over me, watching me, keeping me in this hell in my mind from the instant I awake to the instant I fall back asleep again. Sometimes they even wake me up in my sleep, yes, they even get into my dreams.

It can be said for certain that living with these monsters for years has made me a strong person, you must be a strong person to survive what they daily give to you. The worst aspect is the constant ongoing knowledge that these monsters that sap and drain every bit of positivity from my life are self-created. Looking back they may have been a product of the society, surroundings and people that I was with in my past, but today and now they are created and fuelled solely by myself, I feed them every day, I keep them alive and I keep them going. Obviously the preservation of these monsters is not a choice that I have made but simply something that I do not know how to stop from being a reality.

I have tried many times over 26 years to put an end to these monsters that live inside of me, through a wide variety of methods and attempts I have attacked them head-on, I have waged a violent and bloody war against them, I have used radical ideas and radical thinking in several attempts to banish them from my life. Over the years I have won many battles against them and they have cowered and been depleted and I have been set free, but sadly although these battles have been won, the war itself has always later been lost.

I still fight every day now, but at the age of 41, I have now been ill for 26 years, the tiredness with each passing year grows and each time I lose a battle I grow that bit more tired, I still have a lot of fight in me and I am far from needing to give up, but at times I do wonder if this war is even winnable, I have tried so many things over so long but yet they always come back to me, perhaps they will never go, perhaps they will never let me be.

I cannot allow myself to think these things for too long though, as I know the way that type of thinking will end, it can only have one outcome, and I do not want that to be the ending for me.

I do not think those without mental health issues understand what a blatant compromise your life can be when you are in this state, I know deep inside I could have been so much more, I have lived a half life with my hands tied behind my back and I have never known what it is to be truly free.

I hope that victory in this war is soon, I do not want for it all to have been for nothing.

I want to have at least some time on this planet where I know what it is to be free.


Things I Recommend

Several studies have been done linking Vitamin D deficiency to depression and anxiety. I regularly take this type as it provides a much better dose than most types available to buy, giving 4000IU per day, it can help your body to fully recover from any long term deficiency, I have seen good improvements with this recently.


If you can, please support my writing through Patreon.

Any support, no matter how small is greatly appreciated and will help me keep up the fight. 


I hope your day is good.

George Mason 🙂

Welcome from George Mason

My name is George Mason and I am a Scottish Writer focusing on Mental Health and Disability Issues.

It is my aim to use my voice as a writer to speak up for those with mental health issues and to campaign on behalf of all of us; in the hope that we together can attain equality within society.

I write upon the subjects of mental health, disability and alternative health issues. If you too are interested in these issues or perhaps you are affected by them, please feel free to get in touch.

I myself personally suffer from severe mental health issues which include OCD, Depression, PTSD and Social Anxiety.

If you can, please support my writing through Patreon.

Any support, no matter how small is greatly appreciated and will help me keep up the fight. 🙂