Don't Judge A Book By Its Cover / The Most Confident Girls Struggle Too..


Tuesday October 10th was World Mental Health Day.

For those of you who may not know what that is, it is a day used to bring awareness to the different debilitating mental illnesses. I appreciate the different days like suicide awareness day, that are used to bring awareness and attention to Mental illness. Not only do I love the awareness part of it but it is comforting to see how many people open up on social media about their own struggles in order to encourage many and remind others that there is hope and people that care.

I was scrolling through my Instagram on Tuesday night and I was amazed of my peers who spoke up and even some who I never even considered to care about this sort of thing were on Instagram being an encouragement. While I was scrolling through my Instagram there was this one girl who I went to high school with that posted about how she has been struggling with anxiety and depression lately to the point where she didn't even want to get out of bed. But then she wrote of how today she felt empowered because she got out of bed and did a majority of the task that she set for herself to do.



To be completely honest I was surprised. At school she was always one of those "popular" girls. You know, the one who always had every guy pursuing her, she was part of every cool group during lunch. Plus her clothes were always on point. I don't know, I just never would of guess that she went through something like anxiety or depression before. I am kind of ashamed that I would even assume such a think about a person. I guess they are right when they say you can't judge a book by it's cover, not everyone who holds their head high is having the best day, some people are just barely making it through the morning and you just never know.

This was a fairly short post, but it was a quick thought that I wanted to share with you all. You never know what somebody is going through. Mental illness is not like a rash that you can see clearly on your body, that is what makes it so incredibly dangerous and that is why days like #WorldMentalHealthDay and #SuicideAwarenessDay, #MentalillnessDay etc are so important. In case no one has told you, YOU are so strong and the fact that YOU are still breathing proves how strong you are and how deserving you are of happiness and health. I love you & God loves you x





Nikki O.





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  1. Interesting that you bring this out because, I didn't even notice it in my own brother until he confessed to me years later that he contemplated suicide! Someone I say and interacted with everyday in my own home! Thx for sharing!

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    1. Wow, I appericate you sharing that with me :) I am so happy your brother is here and pushing forward. :) Mental illness is so easy to hide and bottle up that even the people closest to you may not fully recognize it, the awareness is so important. Thank you for reading! x

      Nikki O.

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  2. I never thought that mental illness is so real until I delt with it with my mom. This post is so true because my mom is the most incredible woman and she has accomplished so much in her life. No one ever thought that she would go through this. It opened my eyes to all people suffering with metal health! Such a real and true post. Well done 🦋🌸

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    1. Thank you for sharing your experience. It is so difficult to see a loved one struggling with mental illness. Your Mom is in my prayers and thank you for reading Marijon :).


      Nikki O.

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  3. Hi Nikki, thank you for touching on this sensitive subject. Many times what we see are the good, "photoshopped" parts of people's lives and we imagine every other aspect will look the same. This may lead to unfair assumptions, envy and a lack of empathy. Thank you for this reminder to learn empathy and hold off on our assumptions.

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    1. Hey Chioma! You are so right, very well put. Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts with me :)

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  4. You are absolutely right. Thx for sharing these thoughts!

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  5. Nikki, thank you for daring to blog about mental health, and TRUE you can't judge a book by it's cover ! Personally, I have have been intimately acquainted with mental health issues, and I totally respect this realm as another perhaps lesser understood element of biology and body chemistry........ Brain and nervous system can be ill just like pancreas or digestive system. In my job recently (teacher) we were provided a WONDERFUL training and the professionals were so encouraging. They stated that if patients cooperate with treatment programs, RESPONSE and RECOVERY rates are very high/ very good, and there is ALWAYS HOPE. God bless you in all your pursuits Nikki, from my heart
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  6. Such a brilliant post! Your absolutely true because even though a person might look confident and have the 'perfect' life you never truly know what is going on inside. Really enlightening and well written post!

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    1. Thank you for reading Hannah! x I'm glad you enjoyed this post :)

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