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Shakti perspectives: Tharindu

We all have mental health, but our experiences of interacting with it, understanding it and respecting it shifts from person to person, and from place to place. I’ve always wondered how to get mental health on the same playing field as physical health… not only within the spaces that I live, work and play, but also within myself.

Self-care for me hasn’t always been near the top of my priority list – I remember times where success for me meant having a schedule that was always filled to the brim, because that’s just what normal looked like around me. Not being busy meant you were 'wasting time' or 'being lazy' and it was applauded and celebrated when you were constantly tired.

It’s taken some time for me to give myself and my energy the value and recognition it deserves – saying no to things doesn’t make me selfish; reading a book to di -stress doesn’t make me weird; and giving myself time to recharge doesn't make me lazy. It makes me human. Because at the end of the day, I’m here to give what’s best of me, not what’s left of me.

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