Mental Illness in Black Families

You know that scene in My Cousin Vinny where Vinny’s girlfriend, Mona Lisa Vito, played by Marissa Tomei, testifies in court as an “expert witness” on cars? When opposing counsel condescendingly asks how a sweet little lady like herself—a hairdresser, even—could be an authority on automobiles, she replies, “My father was a mechanic. His father was a mechanic. My mother’s father was a mechanic. My three brothers are mechanics …” and so on.

— Read on www.theroot.com/when-mental-illness-is-your-family-heirloom-1834716338

Wow, what an enlightening article! Generational curses….

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Wellness Wednesday…practicing Self-Care 💓

#wellnesswednesday

PHYSICAL:👟

Sleep

Stretching

Walking

Physical Release

Healthy Foods

Rest

EMOTIONAL:😭

Stress Management

Forgiveness

Compassion

Emotional Maturity

Kindness

SOCIAL: 💬

Boundaries

Positive Social Media

Support Systems

Communication

Ask For Help

Spend Time Together

SPIRITUAL: 🌈

Time Alone

Meditation 🧘🏾‍♀️

Yoga

Journaling

Connections

Sacred Space

PERSONAL: ☕️

Hobbies

Knowing Yourself

Personal Identity

Honoring Your True Self

SPACE 🌎

Healthy Environment

Security and Stability

Organized Space

FINANCIAL: 💰

Saving

Budgeting

Money Management

Splurging

Paying Bills

WORK: 🖥

Time Management

Work Boundaries

Positive Work Environment

More Learning

Break Time

In each areas listed here are somethings you can do to create better self-care in your life! Take a moment and just go through the list and write out what you can do better…ex. Work Boundaries, you could write: don’t hang out with Susan at lunch because she’s a Debbie downer and sucks up my energy! You get it????

You can practice self-care in all aspects of your life, not only will this improve your life but your mental wellbeing as well!!!😊

𝓛𝓪𝓭𝔂 ‘𝓞’💓

“Self-care is a divine responsibility & I accept this responsibility with joy”

Wellness Wednesday….addictive foods! 🍴

Most of us are fond of at least one product that has the effect of a stimulant and that eventually becomes an addiction. These products include exercise stimulant drinks (they come in cans and look like cola), fizzy aerated drinks, tobacco, betel nut, betel leaf, strong coffee, strong tea, mahuang (an ephedrine-like compound consumed in china), and alcohol.

Before I tell you why we shouldn’t consume these products, I’d like to deal with the question of why we do consume them in the first place.

There’s no one who doesn’t know that products like these, consumed in excess, can severely harm our bodies. Yet, we still find them hard to resist. The need to eat stimulant food is a simple human weakness that has existed for ages: humans (and many animals) have always indulged in foods that give a sort of emotional high. In clinical terms, this means rapid heart beat, a little sweating, dilation or constriction of the pupils of the eye, a warm flush on the face, and a sense of greater sensitivity, concentration and perception.

These sensations of ‘high’ die down within a few hours, and we are left feeling listless and low. This leads to a craving for that food again, to experience the high one more time. And there we are going round and round in a vicious circle.

The physiology of addictions is as follows:

When you eat an addictive food, it stimulates the hormone like substances found at the end of your nerves, which triggers an avalanche of similar stimulatory substances and you experiences a high. As the substances near the nerves are depleted, you get into the low phase, which leads you to crave that food again. This yo-yo phase of nerve stimulation and depletion leads to a pattern of addiction.

Consuming addictive foods is one of the oldest unhealthy food practices and, despite a revolution in health consciousness; it shows no signs of dying out.

Below are some side effects of certain addictive foods.

Alcohol Addiction: Erosion of stomach and intestinal lining, liver damage, nutritional deficiency.

Tobacco: Erosion of gum and tongue can lead to cancer of the buccal mucosa.

Betel nut: Leads to the discoloration of teeth, erosion of the lining of the mouth, and cancer of the mouth and upper tract. It also leads to heart problems among people who already have a weak heart.

Ma huang: It contains ephedrine and leads to heart problems.

Aerated drinks: High doses of caffeine.

Caffeine and xanthine: Found in tea, coffee. These become harmful only in very high doses; don’t consume more than five cups a day.

Mixed drug reactions: People who consume medications for the heart, hypertension and asthma have to be very careful about the interactions of the drugs with stimulant foods, as mixing the two can be fatal. After years of experience, all doctors know how difficult it is to break the food addictions of their patients. So like them, I can only advise a good compromise. If you can’t break the addiction, then at least you should practice moderation.

I love consuming most of these things that are harmful, but have learned that they do affect my mental wellness too!

Mental Health Awareness Month 💚

#mentalhealthawarenessmonth💚

It’s weird because I feel mental illness made me weak and strong at the same time. I’m glad that I was finally diagnosed because I was able to control of what was happening to my brain. I no longer feel like the weak person I once was. I’m stronger enough to speak my truth about the ups and downs of this disease and no longer have power over me.

So tell me how do you feel? Are you stronger because of this illness why or why not?

How can I help you get to the point of being strong 💪🏾?

Lady O

Mental Health Activity Sheets…✍️🏽

#mentalhealthawareness💚

Ya’ll know how much I like a printable 💗 to stick in my journal, so I created this Self-Love activity sheet and a Task sheet to help keep you stay sane throughout the day! Remember when in doubt don’t pout write and pray!

Self-Love Sheet: Learn how to write down good things about yourself and go back over them when you are feeling sad and being hard on yourself or just need a quick boost!☺️

Plan Of Action Sheet: Sometimes we get so overwhelmed and forget lots of things, those of us with mental illness find it hard to do simple tasks and need a constant reminder!

Download your PDF here:👇🏾

https://drive.google.com/file/d/16RkXc69aoTrtaVBkAnGlOORFpJc5bKsZ/view?usp=drivesdk

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fiiV1KbbFBpqwzCiF3o5Qdi75O0ktLNl/view?usp=drivesdk

TuesdayTips…ways to boost your mental health 💚

#tuesdaytips

#mentalhealthawareness

Boost brainpower by treating yourself to a couple pieces of dark chocolate every few days. The flavanoids, caffeine, and theobromine in chocolate are thought to work together to improve alertness and mental skills. This is my kind of tip 🙌🏾❤️😋

Sometimes, we don’t need to add new activities to get more pleasure. We just need to soak up the joy in the ones we’ve already got. Trying to be optimistic doesn’t mean ignoring the uglier sides of life. It just means focusing on the positive as much as possible.

Stop worrying about what’s not working out and focus on what is! You will worry so much about stuff that’s out of your control which then results in headaches and anxiety attacks, get enjoyment out of what you can control and all other things will fall into place! Let go it go girl…

Your mental health is important and you should take time to listen to your body!

𝓛𝓪𝓭𝔂 ‘𝓞’💚

Mental Health Awareness Month 💚

#mentalhealthawarenessmonth💚

We are sometimes our own worst critics, we see ourselves as hopeless, less than, not worthy….but God sees us as beautiful human beings regardless of our flaws! We make things harder on ourselves which is super ridiculous, so how can you turn this around? How can you feel better about yourself, your life, your health? Let me know and how can you encourage others? 😃

𝓛𝓪𝓭𝔂 ‘𝓞’