Get your Lippy on to help raise awareness for an importnant cause.
It’s the start of September which not only means Spring is in the air and warmer days are upon us, but most importantly for the month of September we are celebrating Liptember.
Liptember is a campaign dedicated to raising funds and awareness for women’s mental health. Overworked women, lonely women, depressed women, anxious women and every woman in between. Every year we see the beautiful pictures on social media of women (and men too) in their lipstick to support this great cause, but something really hit home for me this year and it’s something I feel that as a woman, a hustler and the fact that my work is in social media I have a responsibility to speak up about it.
Like so many other campaigns, this campaign gets a lot of coverage. People jump on board from all walks of life and share their pictures urging people to speak up and start a conversation but for most, this is where it stops. No real phone calls are made, no real conversations are had, no real checking up on friends, sometimes but not all the time, it’s just a ‘jump on the bandwagon’ deal.
Truth be told I’ve been guilty of this in the past but this year, with so many of our woman screaming for help, I want to do more. We as women put so much pressure on ourselves. Family, careers, households, kids and all whilst looking a million dollars. For some reason we just keep adding to the pile of what’s expected of us and we don’t seem to be offloading any duties as we go.
There is so much talk about anxiety at the moment and given that most people will suffer some form of anxiety or depression at some stage of their lives the talks and voices need to be heard, but my question to you is this, what are we doing about it? Are we listening enough? Are we available enough? Is there so much talk about people having anxiety and depression that it’s diluting the impact we think we can have on someone? I would say it’s probably a bit of all of the above.
For me, I actually find it really difficult to talk about these things. Partly in fear of judgement for so many reasons. My social profile, being labelled, protecting my kids and their personal stories, having an ex-husband with a public profile, the list goes on and on, but one major reason I find it hard to talk about what I’ve gone through is that I’m a solutions-based person. I believe what we focus on we get, what we talk about we create and most of all, I believe we all have the power to grow and create better and happier lives for ourselves. With no blame, no judgement, no excuses, but with ownership over ourselves and our behaviours, we can make positive changes in our lives.
For so many long-time sufferers this can seem like I just don’t get it and you know what, I probably don’t. Everyone’s story is different. Everyone’s experience is different and I don’t presume to know what each and every person is going through. What I do know is this. With the right people, with the right treatment and most importantly with a massive willingness to self-assess and grow, together we can all step out of the darkness and into the light.
I’ve suffered my own huge life traumas, I’ve been subscribed drugs, developed a heart condition, suffered panic attacks, I’ve laid on my floor and watched the sun come up and set without moving on more than one occasion, so in my own way I promise you, I get it.
But what I want to focus on is how do we overcome these life traumas, whatever they may be for you. Maybe there hasn’t been a life trauma, maybe it’s a trigger that spirals you into feeling anxious or depressed. My advice to you is this. First, confront and own your feelings and why they came up for you. Don’t push them away. Secondly, ask yourself what story is happening in your head to make you feel this way then make a commitment to not allowing this to be your life story. Third, every day make a concioius commitment to make small changes.
Sometimes we just aren’t ready to give up our story especially if that story has been part of who we are for a very long time. One of my stories was of being happily married, that was a huge one for me. That was part of my identity and had been for years. It was also something that triggered me into anxiety. I had to work really hard to let go of that story, but I did it. I let go of that story and I became Rayne. Just Rayne.
If you are suffering for any reason, if you feel alone or in the dark I want you to take away one thing from this piece. Ask yourself, what life story are you holding onto that’s causing you pain or keeping you stuck? Who would you be without that story? It’s powerful teaching I learned from Byron Katie ‘The Work’. I can’t reach out to everyone on here but I can pass on a few things I have learnt.
I have so much more to share in this space but I find it all a little scary. I would love you to comment below if these are topics you want to hear more of from me.
Now back to Liptember… How can you get involved in the amazing work they are doing?
You can start a conversation by purchasing and wearing a bold coloured lipstick. You can register online and seek sponsorship from family, friends and workers for taking the commitment and wearing the lippy throughout September. Last year they inspired 5.2 million women to start a conversation, funded over 80,000 crisis support requests, further research and delivered the Batyr school program to 44 all-girl schools across Australia…just a few of their top accomplishments.
Funds raised during Liptember are directed towards national research, programs and services. Last year they raised an amazing $1.8 million helping fund some life-changing programs for women’s mental health.
- Centre for Women’s Mental Health
- The Jean Hailes Foundation
- The Pretty Foundation
Register as an individual fundraiser or start a team and commit to being bold by wearing a Liptember lippy for a day, week or month during September and support the women in your life.
- Purchase a Liptember lipstick from any Chemist Warehouse, My Chemist or My Beauty Spot store
- Register online
- Rock your lippy throughout September
Nude, red, blue or pink… add this to your makeup bag and you’re already improving the mental health of Australian mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters, wives and partners.
Visit their website for more info.