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YOU DO NOT WANT TO JOKE WITH YOUR MENTAL HEALTH

More often than not, when we discuss mental health, there tends to be some cringe around the topic because somehow, it is misconstrued to mean someone is psychological unwell or unstable. Mental health has to do with our emotional, psychological and social well-being. It basically encompasses our way of life – how we think, feel and act, how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices.

Mental health is one of the major if not the major aspect that is linked to all other areas of our lives. Our spiritual, emotional, financial, physical, social lives are in one way or the other connected to our mental health. In the course of life’s journey, some people tend to experience mental health problems and this affects their lives as a whole.

There are so many causes of mental health problems and some include:

  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

While so many people suffer from mental stress, some may even think that soldiers suffer more from it especially PTSD, but in retrospect, twice as many women suffer from the PTSD symptoms – flashbacks, dissociation, and anxiety. When this isn’t properly treated, life goes topsy-turvy.

Although mental health treatment requires expert attention, here are some tips you could try on your own, according to CHARMAINE GRESHAM :

  1. When you’ve reached your trigger moment and feel yourself sinking, give yourself time to just be! Give yourself ONE day to just feel however you feel. It’s okay, we’re all human. Negative emotions are still emotions.
  2. Do something you love to do! Catch a movie, make a spa day, go to the beach. Give yourself permission to do anything that will help you relax and be peaceful.
  3. Make an appointment with your counsellor immediately. A lot of times it’s easier to release past trauma with a counsellor than it is with family or friends.
  4. Meditation works wonders! You don’t have to be a yoga pro to meditate; it’s as simple as going outside, finding a quiet spot, and being still. Think about all that you are grateful for, why you are blessed, things that make you feel happy, etc. Just be still and let God talk to you.
  5. Medication – my prescription has helped a lot as well. You must let your doctor know if something doesn’t feel right. I must see my psychiatric nurse every thirty days for evaluation.

It isn’t easy to play different roles in your life at varying times – wife, mother, career-woman, daughter etc. It can be really stressful but once you discover the best way to handle these different sides without stressing yourself out, life becomes more fun and interesting.

Learn to love, accept and nourish all of you – flaws and strengths alike. No one is perfect and everyone have their struggles. Just do your best and keep doing you. The world would most definitely adjust.

PHOTO CREDIT: Blavity




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