This message is 'you are kind, you are smart, you are important' stands out to me as something we should be saying not only to ourselves but to the people around us. Maybe not those exact words, much rather positive words with meaning, reminding people they are worth something, they are valuable, they are strong. I know this may sound silly to some, but this can really stick with some people and help them through their daily struggles.

I think we do forget to speak positively to ourselves, congratulate ourselves when we have done something impressive, something good. It is so much easier to put ourselves down and think negatively, some may think of this as motivation, by saying this is not good enough may challenge some people to try again with more passion and vigour. On the other hand, it can make people give up and stop trying, what is the point if you are just going to keep failing? Sometimes it is just easier to trundle along, not thinking positively or negatively, rather just going along with what life hands you looking at it with indifference.

We should stop this, we should encourage people to embrace their emotions good or bad, there is that saying 'you cannot appreciate the good without the bad'. Everyone has bad days, everyone struggles from time to time, but everyone is different, unique, each one as important as the other.

With the world they was it is at the moment along with this heightened fear of a terror attack we have gone defensive, closed off, only looking out for ourselves. Which is fine, it is a natural instinctive response and our safety should come first. It should not mean that we do no help others in need, not reach out and support others, make sure our loved ones, those that live in our community are okay and feeling safe and secure. Our lives get busy sometimes, we just have to remembered that you cannot put a price on happiness or your health. It is a priceless entity that we should treasure and keep as a top priority.

So today, stop and think, could you do something positive, could you help someone today, have you asked someone how they are doing? Maybe even reach out to an old friend, drop them a text see how they are. This brings us together, builds a stronger connection, makes us feel safer. We are strong in numbers, let us not put a divide between one another and destroy one another's psych and health, instead lift each other up and protect each other. We are all important.


Published by Katy-Jane Pitt