To whoever it may concern,
Our phones have become a part of our daily routine. We can’t imagine going anywhere without them. Most people today get into bed to try and fall asleep while using their phones even once they’re in bed. Listening to some calming music or watching your favorite show may seem like a good way to fall asleep, but a growing body of research highlights that this could be problematic.
This "thing" called stress is something that is very reoccurring in todays world. Something that I have had my share of battles with on a day to day basis. It is like "a battle of the noises". Will you be caught by the attention of the quiet & peaceful sounds of stillness or by the chaotic and destructiv noises of catastrophe and destruction.
Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself and your capabilities. It can be low, high, or somewhere in the middle. It is common for everyone to have doubts about themselves at some point, but if you are struggling with low self-esteem, it may leave you feeling unmotivated and insecure. If you are dealing with low self-esteem, there are some things you can do to help turn things around. From being nice to yourself to doing something good for your body like taking a red superfood powder, learn about some of the top tips for improving self-esteem here.
October is Mental Health Month, and in many ways, this has never been as important as it is in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic has had huge impacts on people’s mental health in Australia and around the world. It is now essential that we find ways of helping each other through these difficult times.
Recently I was introduced to an idea that has caused a paradigm shift in my approach to mindfulness. The archway leading to some sort of awakening or transcendence was missing its keystone - unbeknownst to me. I was chasing my own tail, feeling brief moments of success only to find that I had duped myself yet again.
Growing up the black community I knew that seeking help for mental health was seen as weird and taboo. Telling someone you are in therapy was like openly admitting to being that psycho killer from all the horror movies. There are a wide variety of mental health issues that stretch a wide spectrum of intensity that affect most of the population. Why does my community think it affects all these people, but not us? We want to be strong. We want to be the perfect embodiment of strength. We want to be built so strong that no one from the outside world could ever break us down. Having a mental health issue is seen as a weakness. It is the crack in the foundation that threatens to tear the whole structure down. Just like eye color and freckles this is something that is passed down from parent to child year after year. It is one of those generational curses that people are always talking about. One that needs to be broken now across the board. One that is causing more harm by having so many people not receive the help they need from fear of they will be perceived.
Mental health is a state of psychological well being or a lack of mental illness. It's the condition of someone who is functioning at an acceptable level of mental and behavioral adjustment.
Supporting someone with their mental health is not easy. But, in a pandemic where we are more isolated, this is even more relevant. I would like to share advice from my personal experience of helping someone who feels suicidal and more generally supporting someone with their mental health.
Good morning Ladies and Gents. Today is a new day and today we will only tackle things we know we can control. Whatever happens today that's not we don't worry about it. Every morning it is important to wake up with a stable mind and just by saying words like those can really make your day because you're putting yourself in a mindset to think about what only matters to you and nothing else. If you want a change in the way you think about things (this post talks to me too lol) read on for an interesting topic and good info!
Vulnerability: I know exactly what it feels like to be nervous about going out and attempting something you really want to do, but don’t feel good enough to do. It’s possible that media has told you that this particular thing takes time and effort that you are unsure you have, or that you need more experience or schooling. Maybe even the people around you have not been so encouraging with what you want to pursue. I’m lucky to have friends and family who understand why I am continuing my education, even if it puts a big dent in finances. I know and they know that my future plans will be worth it twice over. The struggle that I understand overall is the pressures that we put on ourselves. The thing I struggle with most is comparing myself to others. We want to make our own voice heard in one way or another, but if we are introverted or have anxiety about being vulnerable, we tend to see ourselves as not enough. Especially when we look to others around our age who seem to have it all together. Another fear is being scared to put ourselves out in the open and be vulnerable when we have seen what some cruel people can do to others who are already living their dreams. Media has given us something beautiful, the ability to share, communicate, and experience things together as a community, but no matter what kind of community that you have, some might oppose that community. AND THAT IS OKAY. Lyrics from a song that I love and can really relate too is, “If I didn't know what it hurt like to be broken, then how would I know what it feels like to be whole. If I didn't know what it cuts like to be rejected, then I wouldn't know the joy of coming home. Maybe it's okay if I'm not okay.” ‘Maybe it’s okay’ by We Are Messengers. How do you feel about this subject, or these lyrics?
Mental health is a topic that remains shrouded in mystery due to centuries of misunderstanding and stigmatizing mental illness. However, awareness of mental health and mental health has never been higher, and the conversation continues to progress. These days, there are many known methods of maintaining mental health; here are just a few.