Okay, that may have been a slightly dramatic retelling of “Splinter-geddon 2021,” an event we’ll all need therapy to recover from. But do you know what else it is? The perfect analogy to prove how ignoring your mental health can snowball into a serious problem. It starts small. Maybe you notice it but maybe you don’t. But it’s manageable and you’re busy, so you ignore it. You’ll get to it eventually.
Slowly, steadily, it gets worse. I mean, you kind of knew it would. You weren’t addressing it, but it’s not like it was a major issue in your life . . . until it was. You’re feeling extra annoyed. There’s swearing; and you’re definitely more irritated with everything and everyone. If you want to, I’ll give you a second to scroll back up and read the same sentence from the splinter story. Because as you’re reading this you know it’s true — except the end result of ignoring your mental health is much more devastating than ignoring a splinter. Even my overly dramatic imagination can really only see “Splinter-geddon” ending in a possibly amputated pinky finger, but ignoring your mental health, yikes.
I feel like I’ve written this article a dozen times. But if saying the same thing in a different way reaches the right person at the right time, I will never stop saying it. Your mental health is important. At times in your life, it will be more important than your physical health. It isn’t easy. Treating it isn’t easy. But it’s necessary. And it’s worth it.
*Note: please direct your condolences regarding “Splinter-geddon 2021” to @seejessfarm on Instagram. Your thoughts and prayers are appreciated.
The author dairies in partnership with her parents and brother at Spruce Row Farm in Pennsylvania. Jessica is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, and since 2015, she has been active in promoting dairy in her local community. You can find her and her 250 Jersey cows on Facebook at Spruce Row Dairy or on Instagram at @seejessfarm.