Don’t judge a book by it’s cover

There’s this theory that anyone who’s struggling with their Mental Health must be pessimistic, easy to spot, the odd one out. That’s not true.

In my friend group, I’m known as the optimist, the listener, the person who likes to give advice if asked, yet, I can not take my own advice. It screams out hypocrite.

Sometimes it’s the people that seem the happiest that are the saddest.

I’m saying this because we are all guilty of judging a book by it’s cover – that girl in work who is always smiling might not be smiling on the inside. That lad who’s always having a laugh, who’s got an amazing sense of humour, might think his life is one big horrific joke.

When you feel lonely and you’re thinking that everyone is coping so much better than you. Remember, that some people hide it well. Do your family, friends, colleagues or even partner know how lonely you truly feel? If they don’t fully know what you’re going through – do you think it could be likely that someone you know is going through the same thing and you don’t know?

You are not alone.

So next time you’re on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, try not to get caught up in those negative thoughts when you see that picture of a beautiful wedding, amazing holiday or knock-out party because maybe, just maybe, they are only letting you see what they want you to see – just like you.

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