The best way to protect your mental health

Wear leopard print stilettos

I have always loved leopard print shoes. In fact I love animal print, but I don’t like it overdone – no mixy-matchy for me. They need to have a bit of a heel, but not too high. You can wear them in any season and they go with almost anything.

By now you might be wondering what have leopard print stilettos got to do with mental health? Well, I have no scientific or empirical data but I can tell you that they have everything to do with it.

You see, I’m wearing my own pair. Something else might do it for you, but for me leopard print stilettos float my boat.

They tell me to be my own person, to wear the shoes I want to wear and not someone else’s. And that’s the point. We all need to wear our own shoes. If you were to put on mine they would probably be uncomfortable, too big or too small, too wide or too narrow. Don’t look at what someone else is wearing. Be you.

For too long I tried to be someone I wasn’t until a time came when I couldn’t do it anymore. It was too much like hard work and I ended up becoming ill. Fortunately that’s not the end of my story and don’t let it be yours.

I went on a journey of self-discovery that involved walking away from a business that I had built up, and counselling and prayer.  What has been so amazing is that I’ve learnt so much along the way and the biggest thing is not to be anyone else but me.

What about you? Are you trying to be like someone else? Stop. Take a minute, a day, a week, a year, and think. Who are you?

There is no better time than now. Take time for yourself and be gentle; who knows you might end up wearing a pair of Louboutins or Dr Martens, whatever.

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