Why Do I Preach Mental Health?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Good mental health is not only the absence of diagnosable mental health problems, it is characterised by a person’s ability to fulfil a number of key functions and activities, including but not limited to:

The ability to learn

The ability to feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions

The ability to form and maintain good relationships with others

The ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behaviour could be affected. Almost every human has a mental health concern at some point in their lives which may be triggered by abuse, drastic change, a loss, genes, an addiction, physical or emotional trauma, anger and so much more. Some people snap out of that funk easily while others can't, some don't realise that there's an underlying problem till it becomes a pattern that affects their lives and relationships negatively. Mental health issues are common, it's all about getting the right help NOW so it doesn't escalate to a dire situation. People with mental health concerns can get better and many recover completely.

Signs that there may be a mental issue

If you're not sure if you or someone you know is living with mental health problems, experiencing one or more of the following feelings or behaviours can be an early warning sign of an impending issue:

Eating or sleeping too much or too little

Pulling away from people and usual activities

Having low or no energy

Feeling numb or like nothing matters

Having unexplained aches and pains

Feeling helpless or hopeless

Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual

Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared

Yelling or fighting with family and friends

Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships

Having persistent thoughts and memories you can't get out of your head

Hearing voices or believing things that are not true

Thinking of harming yourself or others

Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school

These are signs that there may be an underlying problem when you notice any or most of these symptoms in yourself or in someone close to you. If you currenlty feel this way and need help but do not know who to turn to, try here or call here.

Healthy habits to develop for a healthy mind

How do you maintain a health mental state of mind? Here are some tips on how to look after your mental health.

Talk about your feelings

Talking about your feelings can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled, confused or overwhelmed.

Keep active

Regular exercise can boost your self-esteem and can help you concentrate, sleep, look and feel better. Exercise keeps the brain and your other vital organs healthy, and is also a significant benefit towards improving your mental health.

Eat well

Your brain needs a mix of nutrients in order to stay healthy and function well, just like the other organs in your body. A diet that’s good for your physical health is also good for your mental health.

Accept who you are

We’re all different. It’s much healthier to accept that you’re unique than to wish you were more like someone else. Feeling good about yourself boosts your confidence to learn new skills, visit new places and make new friends. Good self-esteem helps you cope when life takes a difficult turn.

Do something you’re good at

What do you love doing? What activities can you lose yourself in? What did you love doing in the past? Enjoying yourself can help beat stress. Doing an activity you enjoy probably means you’re good at it, and achieving something boosts your self-esteem.

Drink sensibly

We often drink alcohol to change our mood. Some people drink to deal with fear or loneliness, but the effect is only temporary. When the drink wears off, you feel worse because of the way the alcohol has affected your brain and the rest of your body. Drinking is not a good way to manage difficult feelings.

Take a break

A change of scene or a change of pace is good for your mental health. It could be a five-minute pause from cleaning your kitchen, a half-hour lunch break at work, or a weekend exploring somewhere new. A few minutes can be enough to de-stress you. Give yourself some ‘me time’.

Ask for help

None of us are superhuman. We all sometimes get tired or overwhelmed by how we feel or when things don’t go to plan. If things are getting too much for you and you feel you can’t cope, ask for help. Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear.

Care for others

Caring for others is often an important part of keeping up relationships with people close to you. It can even bring you closer together.

Why I preach mental health

Recently, I developed a deeper interest in understanding how the human mind works. While I was sojourning this path, I came across mental health wellness and realised that I grew up with a lot of misconceptions of what mental health issues/illnesses/disorders were.
Now, I’m trying to understand various illnesses and their solutions, so I can help people in my own little way whilst breaking the infamy of mental health issues.

I’m learning everyday that mental illnesses are as real as any physical ailment and treatment is required ( doesn't have to be medication). You can't just wish it away.
I’m aware that there is a lot of unnecessary stigma surrounding mental health issues.
I’m also learning that a lot of people take their mental health and those of others so lightly because they underestimate the effect that these deeply routed feelings have on their lives, careers and their relationships.
I understand that mental illnesses can be prevented, suppressed or managed very easily without resorting to a psych ward or ending in suicide, if you accept that a disorder exists and seek REALISTIC solutions early on. You can’t fix a problem you deny exists.
I decided to actively talk about mental health, so people begin to not only acknowledge that mental health is important, but they also understand why it is so important. Ignorance is not bliss in this context.

I believe that the more aware we are, the better equipped we will be to accept and understand anyone, without judging and expecting them to ‘snap out of it’ or ‘get over it’. The less we judge, the more empathetic and helpful we will be.

The more I learn, the more extensive this list will become as to why I talk about mental health.
Namaste

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Certified Mental Health Counsellor • Lawyer • Baker

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Certified Mental Health Counsellor • Lawyer • Baker

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