Mental Health Awareness Month…Recognizing Mental Health in Teens💚

Teenagers are considered as one of the most active group of individuals today. However, there are times that teens are already having some kind of mental health problem and yet adults fail to recognize it. Because of misinterpretation and ignorance, teens get to experience less understanding from their parents thus, leading to a more complicated situation which is of mental illness.

Parenting requires recognition of problems, no matter how big or small it is, in children. Teenage period is seen as the hardest stage in the parents and the child’s life. Adolescents tend to be in a higher level of stress because of the low coping mechanism that is introduced to them. Things about school, peer pressure or intimidation, self-insecurities and important decisions that must be regarded for are some of the things a teenager must fulfill in his or her life for it to become more meaningful.

Pressures bring about a lot of stress, thus, worrying is inevitable. Adolescents tend to see the world in different folds and this kind of thinking makes things totally confusing. With proper parent support and care, your teens can withstand these factors in life and make problem solving easier. Although, if you lack to give a certain time out of your monotonous and tasteless job to recognize your teen’s feelings, then mental illness may occur.

Some of the most obvious manifestations of mental problems are hopelessness, depression, and worthlessness. Problems concerning the mind will co-exist with the emotional status of the adolescent. Usually, mental problems are painful and real. It only proves that, when an emotional problem is difficult to resolve, the teen will result into isolating himself or herself from the outside world or otherwise regress and become a juvenile.

These mental health problems can be aggravated and can lead a future full of situations that can contribute problems which may affect the entire family as well. It can result to loss of close and trusted friends, conflict within the family, and dropping out of school. You, as a parent or guardian, must be aware of your adolescent’s present status and emotional behavior.

Distinguish troubles like:

• Overreaction on simple and immature things, has become deeply emotional and cries a lot, and is often angered by situations.

• Feels guilty and worthless.

• Keeps on worrying with a lot of things and is very anxious.

• Long-term grieving after a loss.

• Fearful, sometimes, more than kids can be.

• Concerned about the problems with his or her appearance.

• Being scared that he or she might go overboard and out-of-control.

Your teenager can also manifest things that are based on the mental aspect like:

• Instead of making good grades, he or she flunks every single subject in her class.

• Lost interest in activities that he or she used to enjoy doing.

• Unexplainable change in eating and sleeping habits.

• Isolates himself all the time. He doesn’t accept visitors, doesn’t want to talk to anyone within the family, and avoids all of his friends.

• Having difficulties in finishing things to be done like chores or homework.

• Talks about morbid things and about death and dying. Suicide usually follows with this kind of scenario.

• Keeps on having hallucinations and delusions.

Once these behaviors are already seen in a teenager, it’s time to ask for help. To be able to handle the situation effectively, mental health professionals can be consulted.

Please be aware of the signs in your teenagers; this wasn’t done for me, which led me into adult years sweeping my mental health under the rug.

Remember seeking help isn’t a sign of weakness 💪🏾💚

Wishing you all good Mental Health,

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Mental Health Awareness Month 💚 How Do You Self-Care?

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Self-Care doesn’t look like bubble baths🛁all the time, here are the different types:

▪️𝙋𝙝𝙮𝙨𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡
•Walking
•Getting Enough Sleep
•Watching What You Eat
•Physical Well Being

▪️𝙎𝙤𝙘𝙞𝙖𝙡
•Setting Healthy Boundaries
•Choosing a Good Support System
•Having Good Social Media Habits

▪️𝙋𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡
•Creating Values
•Setting Time Alone
•Learning a Positive Thought Process
•Reevaluate Relationships

▪️𝙀𝙢𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡
•Understand That Your Feelings Are Valid
•Learn Better Coping Mechanisms
•Express Yourself
•Stand Up For Yourself

Hope these help give you some new ideas on how to practice self-care, remember self-care is essential to your mental health!!!

Wishing You Good Mental,

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Mental Health Awareness Month 💚 The Power of Affirmations…

Good morning friends, if you are anything like me, I believe that mornings are the perfect time for self-talk. ☺️

I also believe affirmations are an excellent way to start, especially if you deal with mental health issues..👇🏾

The Power of Positive Affirmations

Everyone has that little voice within themselves that constantly tells them when they can or cannot do something. Most often, that little voice is giving you a million and one reasons why you can’t, which only adds to our self-doubt.

Positive affirmations are positive thoughts or words that describe a desired situation or outcome, such as success. These have to be repeated over and over again in order to trigger the subconscious mind into positive action.

Most people spend far too much time repeating negative words and statements in their mind, whether consciously or subconsciously. Keep telling yourself that you can’t do something, that you are too lazy, or that you are stupid and don’t be surprised if you never succeed at anything. Words and statements work both ways, to build or destroy. But their capacity to cause harm or good is up to us.

The repetition of positive affirmations help focus your mind on your aim, automatically building corresponding mental images in the conscious mind, when then affects the subconscious mind. By using this process consciously and intently, you harness the power of your subconscious mind to transform your habits, behaviour , mental attitude and reactins.

The most effective affirmations are those that are composed by yourself. But in order to be truly effective, you must believe whole-heartedly in your own affirmations. It is best to state your positive daily affirmations in the present tense, for example, “I am…,” rather than “I will be….” Also, choose words which will evoke positive mental images, describing what you really want. If you desire to lose weight, tell yourself “I am getting slim” rather than “I am not fat”.

The transformative powers of positive affirmations are very real. By repeatedly stating what you want to be true in your life, you mentally and emotionally see and feel it as true, thereby attracting it into your life.

How many of you affirmations, how do they work for you??? Leave me a comment of some that you use…sharing is caring ☺️💚

Wishing you good Mental Health,

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Mental Health Awareness Month💚 Day: 13

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✅Share your experience with mental illness. Your story can convey to others that having a mental illness is nothing to be embarrassed about…

✅Help people with mental illness reenter society. Support their efforts to obtain housing and jobs…

✅Respond to false statements about mental illness or people with mental illnesses. Many people have wrong and damaging ideas on the subject. Accurate facts and information may help change both their ideas and actions…

✅Tell those who suffer their feelings are valid and that you understand…

Mental illness can strike anyone! It knows no age limits, economic status, race, creed, or color.
Stop 🚫 the stigma💚

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Mental Health Awareness Month 💚Learn How You Can Help Yourself or Someone Who Suffers….

Depression can be a matter of life and death, so help from others is of vital importance. Since depression affects millions of people each year, chances are you may know someone who suffers from this terrible illness.

Helping someone with severe depression can be frustrating at times. Many depressed people don’t want to be helped. It’s as if they feel they can benefit from being depressed because no one expects anything from them. Some even go as far as to feel that being depressed is easier than dealing with life’s problems and trying to improve them. It’s important to realize however, that not ALL people who suffer from Depression feel this way.

Many people suffer from depression needlessly all because they won’t consult with a Doctor. If you know someone like this it’s important that you do what you can to convince them to seek professional care. Let them know that you care and just want to make sure that they are okay. Sometimes if the person won’t take the initiative, you may have to make the appointment for them and make sure they get there. Be kind but at the same time, be firm. Helping a friend or relative who suffers from Depression is no easy task, but it can be lifesaving. At times, just knowing you care makes all the difference in the world.

Many people who suffer from Depression feel like they are a burden not only to their family and friends, but also to themselves because they feel as if they are helpless and can’t get past their depression. Some even feel ashamed and humiliated. So, instead of getting help, they isolate themselves some more and in turn drift further and further away.

In order to help a person who suffers from Depression, you first need to have empathy for that person. In other words, try to identify emotionally with them. Be sensitive to their feelings and realize that they really are in emotional pain. What they are feeling is real so try to be understanding. NEVER ever tell a depressed person to ‘snap out of it.’ This simply cannot be done.

💚Other ways to help a depressed person may be to encourage them to talk. You never want them to keep everything bottled up inside them. Avoid judgemental and critical critical comments. Remember, most depression sufferers have very low self-esteem, so try to restore it by reasoning with them. Ask them why they feel the way they do and really LISTEN when they talk. By showing them this attention you are showing them that you have a genuine interest in wanting to help.

💚If you are married to someone who suffers from Depression don’t automatically assume that you are the cause of the depression. Depression isn’t ALWAYS caused by a bad marriage. However, it can be brought on by friction, guilt or a strained or isolated relationship. Always remember that if you are married to someone who suffers from depression and they lash out at you, don’t take it personal. Remember the emotional pain they are in. Also remember that in most cases, YOU are not the one they’re mad at. Remembering this can help you respond to them in a mild way.

💚If it’s your wife that suffers from depression, take the initiative by helping cook and clean. If there are kids in the family, help by tending to them instead of your wife having to do it. By doing this you are helping in more ways than you know.

➡️So, if you know someone who suffers from Depression, always be patient, show empathy and assist them in any way you can. Be encouraging and let them know you are thinking about them and you care. Send them a letter or card in the mail. Give them a call on the phone, or better yet, pay them a visit, even if it’s for a little while. All these little things can mean the world to a person who is depressed. Don’t expect someone with depression to get well overnight. It can be a slow process at times. So the best thing to do is to try to prevent it.

➡️If you suffer from Depression and want to prevent or fight it, start by getting plenty of exercise, get proper rest, and eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables. Avoid the ‘depressing foods’ like chocolate, caffeine or other sugars. Don’t build your sense of worth on the love of others, on money, power or your job. Avoid drugs, and too much alcohol. (like I did) Always do the best you can, but don’t try to be perfect. There is no such thing. And the number one thing you have to remember is to recognize the early symptoms of depression and seek help immediately. By doing these things you can have more success in conquering your depression.

Wishing You Good Mental Health,

Mental Health Awareness Month💚 Tips To Beating Depression

✔️𝙄‘𝙢 𝙣𝙤𝙩 𝙖 𝙡𝙞𝙘𝙚𝙣𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙛𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡, 𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙨𝙚 𝙩𝙞𝙥𝙨 𝙖𝙧𝙚 𝙗𝙖𝙨𝙚𝙙 𝙤𝙣 𝙢𝙮 𝙤𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙞𝙤𝙣 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙬𝙝𝙖𝙩 𝙝𝙖𝙨 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙠𝙚𝙙 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙢𝙚! 𝙋𝙡𝙚𝙖𝙨𝙚 𝙨𝙚𝙚 𝙖 𝙥𝙧𝙤𝙛𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙤𝙣𝙖𝙡 𝙞𝙛 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙣𝙚𝙚𝙙 𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙥✔️

Everyone has days when they are down, worn out and just not feeling all that happy.🤷🏽‍♀️

That’s OK, you need to have days like this, otherwise how would you know when you are happy. You need to have something to contrast your happiness with. What is black without white?

Even though you know that sadness is a part of life, let’s try to make it a small part of life.

With that said, here are a few tips to help you feel better when you are feeling down in the dumps. They are easy to do, easy to practice every day and they have worked for me! 👇🏾💪🏾

  1. Stand up straight, sit up straight. When your body is in alignment, your energy can flow and when your energy is flowing freely, you can flow.
  2. Smile! Yes, just smile. Easy to do and effective.😃
  3. Repeat positive affirmations. Things like “I feel good”, “Positive energy flows through my body”, “I see the good in all”. (I’m obsessed with affirmations)
  4. Listen to some music that you like. It doesn’t have to be anything specific, just something you enjoy. Certain types of music work better than others, but experiment and see what works for you. Studies have shown that Classical music and new age music work best, but I prefer a little hip-hop, or oldies.🎶
  5. Take some time out for yourself, relax, and read a book, do something for yourself. (Remember Self-Care…Isn’t Selfish) ❤️
  6. Meditate. Meditation is an excellent habit to develop. It will serve you in all that you do. If you are one who has a hard time sitting still, then try some special meditation CDs that coax your brain into the meditative state. Just search for “Meditation music” on Google or Yahoo and explore.

Our outside work is simply a reflection of our inside world. Remember there is no reality just your perception of it. Use this truth to your advantage. Whenever you are sad, realize that it is all in your mind and you do have the power to change your perception.

These tips will lift you up when you are down, but don’t just use them when you are sad. Try and practice them everyday, make them a habit. You will be surprised at how these simple exercises will keep the rainy days away.

On a final note, if you are in a deep depression that you can’t seem to shake, please go see a doctor. This is your life and don’t take any chances.

Wishing you good mental health 💚

Mental Health Awareness Month Day 7: Changing Your Thought Process When Dealing With Depression💚

The Greatest Teacher that ever lived once said: “As a Man thinks in his heart so is he”. What you constantly think of a situation is quite inevitably what becomes of it; therefore it is paramount that in any and every situation our thinking should be positive.

If there is one fact that religion, science and psychology seem to agree on, it is that the mind is indeed the most powerful force in the world. Yoga sages have stated that whoever can control the mind is indeed a powerful human being.

That said, it is obvious that in coping with stress and dealing with depressive situations, one should make every step to think positively as perhaps the first weapon to combat negative challenges.

Friends, everything starts with a thought.

Moreover, thoughts have the innate ability of phenomenally materializing into what it is that is projected in your mind. Consequently, it will be safe to say we should all make attempts to change our mental habits to belief instead of disbelief as much as possible. This of course will be most paramount when seeking ways to overcoming depression.

Characterized by feelings of worthlessness, doubt, pessimism, if we allow depressive thoughts to constantly permeate our minds, they could actually gain the ability to diffuse into our speech and actions and consequently could aggravate the very situations and challenges one is facing that may be causing depressive thoughts in the first place.

When dealing with problems arising from depression, the famous psychologist-William James has this cryptic quote to say: “Our belief at the beginning of a doubtful undertaking or challenging situation is the one thing that insures a successful outcome at the end”

This reminds me of another powerful verse in the Bible found in Mark 4 verse 23: “If you can believe, all things are possible to him that believes”.

Combining the gist and effect of both quotes, one can see that it is imperative to believe in and expect the best in any situation one may be going through. In so doing you will bring everything into the realm of possibility and success.

In no way does this mean that we should sit back and just expect things to miraculously change. It means we must change our thought processes about our situations first, perform the actions that will lead us to and keep us on the path to success at overcoming our challenges and as words, thoughts and actions have an effect on each other as factors, one is also advised to constantly speak positively about what challenges one may be facing.

Combining all three factors will greatly help in making sure each component (most importantly our thoughts) remains positively tuned towards overcoming our depression.

My friends, although it may not always be an easy journey to overcome our challenges, I would like you to remember this quote as well “Life’s problems are like knives, which either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle: Grasp a difficulty or problem by the blade and it cuts; grasp it by the handle and you can use it constructively”

Take the quote above into consideration and keep it in mind my friend as THE reason to constantly have faith and to hope for the best when it comes to dealing with depression. It is perhaps the one thing that will ensure success at the end.

Wishing all off you food Mental Health,

*Im not a licensed professional, my post are based on my experiences and my own research* Please seek help if you need it!*

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Exercise Is Good For You Mental Health…Here’s Why👇🏾🏃🏽‍♀️🤸🏾‍♀️

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💚The last thing most people who suffer from depression want to do is exercise. The dark hole of depression can make even getting out of bed everyday a seemingly impossible task. If you suffer from depression it is imperative that you see your doctor or a therapist first, but don’t be surprised if they prescribe some sort of exercise regimen for you to follow in addition to some of the more normal treatments for depression.

Now as hard as it may seem to get out and start exercising when you are depressed there are some real benefits to be had.

✅Improves your confidence. As you get in better shape you will gain more confidence in yourself and your ability to meet your goals.

✅Increases your self-esteem. Exercise will improve your appearance and your sense of self worth. It will also improve your health and vitality.

✅A distraction. Having a set schedule for your exercise routine, no matter what it is, gives you something to look forward to and can help take your mind off of your problems.

✅Stress relief. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress and frustration.

✅Getting out. Exercising allows you to get out and interact with other people, whether at the gym or just greeting people during your nightly walk.

✅Good coping strategy. Exercise is beneficial to anyone who does it. It is a positive way to deal with depression, anxiety or stress because you will benefit in the long run from it.

I’m going to be the first person to tell you that I absolutely hate exercising 🤦🏾‍♀️, when I was first diagnosed with depression, PTSD, and anxiety, the first thing I did was exercise for bit!!

I found it very relaxing, and I slept a lot better at night, the best thing to do if you want to go this route to improve your mental health is to find an accountability partner, someone to motivate you through this process!!! Good luck…💚

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