With so many people dying from mental health conditions, it's sad to see that many are still afraid to seek help or not know how to get help... That was me when I was much younger. I know most are afraid that they will get found out by others and perceived as weak, have their records stored in the system like a criminal, and not be able to find a job. They are also afraid of the side effects and reliance on medication and facing their issues in therapy. Sometimes, it's simply a financial issue.
Many families are in denial of their conditions, or even contribute to it. Schools and workplaces are toxic, while cyberbullying is common. Even when I went on vacations, I also felt alienated and threatened at times. There is no escape from being hurt by humanity.
I have friends asking if treatment actually works, to stop taking medication or to turn to God and my illness will be gone... I am tired of trying to justify it to them. There is no short cut to healing and I've tried alternative healing to no avail. And asking me to stop medication is just plain dangerous.
The reason why I am teaching yoga and have been teaching for 5 years is because I believe it has the power to change the way individuals and society deal with mental health. The strong focus on mindfulness, breath, relaxation, release and self compassion are keys that have helped me instill calm and self care.
Being a freelance teacher in Singapore is tough, with immense competition, more teachers than jobs, late payments I have to chase for, long travels, last minute cancellations, no paid leave, no medical benefits, studios shutting down, flaky clients, early mornings, late nights, and nothing to do in between. You constantly have to look for new clients, please your students, play therapist and be "enlightened". It's a physically, mentally and emotionally exhausting job. (Continued...)