I’d be lying if I said I thought depression was real. That was 5 years ago, though. Now, I get it. Life can happen so fast that you barely get a chance to breathe. If I learned anything in science, I do remember that without breath, we die.
Some of us are built Ford tough and can take the blows of life with just a knick here and there. For others, every scuffle seems like war. I’ve also learned that in time, the mind and body can go through so many changes, which can make it unstable. Most of us refer to this as a chemical imbalance. Some struggle with this imbalance, never seeking help or knowing that it may be best to seek professional help. Personally, I empathize with those I know and those I don’t, who may be living with a mental illness or poor mental health.
As the world turns, and we continue to procreate, we have to respect that people also evolve. Once upon a time, there was small pox. Now, not so much. We have a lot of mental health issues. If I could suggest anything: Don’t be in denial. Take the steps to educate yourself, because it might not be just one of those days. Better yet, don’t let a bad day lead to long-term mental illness.
Get Familiar: Mental Health Illnesses
Autism spectrum disorders ad pervasive developmental disorder
As I continue to mature in my womanhood – not that I’m a granny or anything! – I often look into the necessary precautions to take if I want to live life to the fullest. In addition to having my own ambitions, I have a full house of boys who are going to need me to be a dependable grandmother one day.
With that being said, I realize that we don’t just wake up one day, broken. Although, it seems that way. Take a second to think about how many consecutive good days you’ve had and how many consecutive bad days you’ve had. Think about the days you should have been more appreciative, but instead, you were just down right angry and pitiful. Be honest. When the bad days start outweighing the good, repetitively, it may be time to dig a little deeper. It may be time to answer the voice in your head or the void in your soul with a trip to your physician. While I do understand seeking professional help isn’t the first option for some, and may even feel shameful, it could improve your quality of life and your perspective on what you’re going through.
This may be extreme, I know. You may not be so quick to tell someone you already know, your personal business – let alone a stranger. Self-help books may not be quite your thing, which is probably why you’re here. So, in addition to a therapist or psychiatrist, there are things you can do on your own, to jumpstart the process to a healthier mental state:
Seek Preventative Maintenance
You may consult with your doctor about what vaccines are best for you. Many preventative tests can be taken to avoid issues that may exacerbate your mental and emotional health condition. The list below is a good starting point to make sure you’ve been screened for the basics.
Hepatitis B & Hepatitis C
Pap and HPV
Sexually Transmitted Infections
Heading into the summer months can be bittersweet as we sometimes are unhappy with how we look in the glorious sunshine. We may not have that killer beach body, come June. It’s possible you might even be bogged down with work and unable to let your hair down as often for the summer. Regardless, these circumstances leading to negative thoughts are total “kill-joys”.
The goal here is to take the steps to improve your mental health and emotions. Healthy Eating – Choosing specific foods that aid in balancing the chemicals that affect mood and emotions as well as foods that create an uplifting feeling. It may seem crazy to hear when you’re used to eating carbs and sweets regularly and feel just fine, but healthy eating will create an internal Euphoria.
Physical Activity – a physical activity that accelerates the heart rate – increasing blood flow, can provide a physiological stress relief. Science has come a long way in helping us live longer, healthier lives. It’s about time we realize that running, swimming, and biking aren’t just for taking inches off our waist.
According to the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, anxiety, depression and bad moods can be improved through exercise.
Indulging in Sugar and Carbohydrates. We all love our snacks. I love ice cream. I would practically die for it. All snacks are not created equal though. The carefully curated site, Eat This Not That, gives a great breakdown of foods that you may want to stay away from if you don’t want to be known as the “Negative Nancy.” I can’t say I’m surprised that canned soup or liquor made the list. However, seeing apple juice on the list of foods that can actually aid in anxiety is making me overthink some things.
As the article stated in PsychologyToday, a good start to a healthy mind is your nutrition. Although we may have missed the mark for May (mental health awareness month), its never to let to get into mental health. Getting your mind and body in check is crucial to vitality and success. Don’t drive yourself crazy. Don’t sell yourself short.
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