I know I am not the only one whose depression peaked at the beginning of the lockdown. I hardly slept the the first month of the outbreak of COVID-19 in South Africa . Why? I think I was panicked at the news of the global pandemic. You would turn on to the news channel and every headline was about coronavirus. Stressful.
It is only right to talk about the panic the global pandemic has raised since it is Mental Health Month. 💚
Mental Health is a real thing unfortunately we take it lightly because we are not informed adequately about it. It influences how we think, feel, and act. It also restricts how we handle stress, connect to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood. Too often we have to do our own scrutiny before having an idea of what is really going on with our mental health. It is not recommended to self diagnose. Always go for an examination with your family doctor before giving rise to any conclusions about your mental health.
More and more black people are openly talking about their emotional well-being and mental health and it is such a beautiful thing to see. I love to see it!
How mental health defined?
Mental health refers to cognitive, behavioural, and emotional well-being. It is all about how people think, feel, and behave. People sometimes use the term “mental health” to mean the absence of a mental disorder. Mental health can affect daily living, relationships, and physical health.
Forms of mental health:
Anxiety & Panic Disorders
Abuse & Addiction
Mental health is important because it’s a vital part of your life and impacts your thoughts, behaviours and emotions. Being healthy emotionally can promote productivity and effectiveness in activities like work, school or caregiving. Too often you will hear that there is no health without mental health. This is because when your mental health is doing well your energy levels are fueled and you give out the best output in everything you put your mind to. You have renewed energy to take on the world and all of its challenges. You have a positive attitude towards your everyday life.
This is what helped me through my depression:
Seeing a psychologist
Journaling my emotions
Crying it out
Surrounding myself with supportive people (family and friends)
The journey is not straightforward, it is very uncomfortable because half of the time you can’t describe how you are feeling or what is going on in your mind. You battle to put what is going on in your life into messages and not because you don’t crave to talk about it, but because there is just so much happening in your life that you sometimes just zone out. In one of the sessions with the psychologist I was asked how I was feeling and my reply was ”grey”. Did I have nothing to say? I had a whole lot to say, but no abundance of words could ever clarify what was going on in my mind. I was miserable, feeling lost and felt like everything was just too much for me.
I used to break down over the simplest of things, snap at loved ones even worse I used to cry none stop, sometimes mid-conversation with a friend I would break down into tears.
The thing about mental health is no one can ever prepare you, it doesn’t knock on the door when it happens, no warnings, no mid signals. It just comes at you unannounced.
Love and light to everyone who is dealing with their mental health. Soldier on beloved. 💚💚💚