Have you ever found yourself asking," what is mental health?"
Have you ever wondered whether you are mentally healthy?
When was the last time you played with your kids and absolutely enjoyed it?
When was the last time you had a very good laugh?
Have you stopped "caring"?
Do you lie awake for hours at night and can't seem to fall asleep?
Do you yell and shout more often these days?
Has it been years since you fell in love?
What makes you happy?
What makes you extremely angry?
Do you hate being around people?
Do you find it hard to keep to schedules and meet deadlines?
Are you always late to work for absolutely no good reason at all?
Do you find yourself telling lies more often?
Do you despise meditation ?
Does everyone around you seem to annoy you more often?
Having mental issues does not mean you are
turning into a psychopathic monster. Nooooo. You probably have watched too many horror movies....having mental issues also doesn't mean you shall be confined in a mental assylum just like they do in movies. It simply means that it's time to slow down and seek professional help and counseling. You are definitely not alone in this. The issues in the world that we are living in today are really tough and only the strong will survive.
The most important thing to note is that you are not alone in this! Trust me, there are millions of people suffering like you are. Some have sought counseling, others prefer to keep things a secret( sadly) and others self medicate. The latter is certainly a very bad idea since it ends up making things worse!
We all have had to deal with a difficult situation one time or another. Be it death, separation, divorce, betrayal, bankruptcy, loss of a job, addiction et cetera. There are very many other things that can devastate a human being especially in this new world of covid. These tough situations are usually very hard to recover from. And many people often require counseling, and lots of interventions from people who are close to us. We should all know the fact that an individual who is going through one or more crisis should NOT be left alone because more often than not, it leads to serious mental instability. Do not make the mistake of making yourself a doctor or a counselor. You might unintentionally and unknowingly say something that might unhinge someone's sanity and make them harm themselves or those around them. Leave that to a professional please. When with an individual, just be there. Give them an "ear" and talk only when necessary. These individuals like talking. It often takes out the heaviness and sadness inside them. Don't be there to make the mortal mistake of talking about how your children are doing well in school, or how your spouse wants to take you on a carribean cruise or how they proposed ...etc. that's a NO NO NO!
Sometimes, our best intentions end up hurting our loved ones. It's highly advisable to consult a professional who will be able to offer assistance as required.
whatever you do, do not go to console a friend and end up discussing how good your life is. Nooooooo! That's not what they need to hear. They may not tell you how they feel because they want to be nice, but trust me when I say, it burns them up inside. You may be trying to help, but really, just be there to "listen." Letting them "talk" does more healing than you can imagine!
when you go to console a friend or neighbor, keep your mouth shut and give an ear. Go there and "listen". Leave the talking to professionals.
kindly consult a professional immediately if you have any of these issues below. It might be something as simple as "hormones" , but it's best to be sure than sorry.
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