Updated: Jun 6, 2020
Mental limit, a concept often forgotten, is a feeling of reaching a boundary when mentally coping with everything around you. This capacity changes depending on your surroundings and circumstances. In a world where how you should feel is idealised, simply being told it is fine to feel a certain way without understanding and asking why or refusing to accept certain feelings (especially in our culture), our mental limit can be forgotten to exist and difficult to accept.
But now we're living through a pandemic - a pandemic that has locked us away. Some would say, we're locked away with more time on our hands to work on ourselves, which is fine for some. But it is important to remember, in a time of uncertainty and anxiety, it is perfectly okay to feel the way you feel. It is fine to do the things you love and want to do; whether it's watching your favourite show, cooking a new recipe or working on a passion project.
However, it is also fine to accept that you may not feel up for what you may have thought you wanted to do. Our mental limit must not be something we brush away and label as 'not good enough'. So take it in, allow yourself to learn and accept your mental limit without feeling any guilt because you’re allowed to feel the way you feel.
So remember, we are all going through this together. Remember to always be kind to others and don't forget to be kind to yourselves.
Whether you're concerned about your mental health or a loved one's, here are some support groups and helplines that can offer advice:
Phone: 0300 123 3393 (Monday to Friday - 9 am to 6 pm)
Phone: 116 123 (free 24-hour helpline)
Mental Health Foundation
Information on child and adolescent mental health. Services for parents and professionals.
Phone: Parents' helpline 0808 802 5544
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