In an African home chances are high that we are approaching this issue the wrong way. Many people out there feel it should not even be talked about because they simply refuse to even go down the road of understanding what mental health is. Am not sure if it’s living in denial, hypocrisy or ignorance.
What is mental health? It includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and action from the former. It’s very vital and detrimental on how we handle stress, relate to those we
are in constant contact with, and decision making.
Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood, and all these are the stages that make up a normal home.
As we live, if we experience mental health problems, our thinking, mood, and behavior are most likely to be affected.
The following are some of the factors that contribute to mental health problems, include; Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry. Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse which are very common in a home. Family history of mental health problems, this is where people in Africa hide into witchcraft and prayers.
Here are the signs that come up and many of us ignore them both on individual basis and from observations from other family members. When we are eating or sleeping too much or too little, who doesn’t overlook this. “stress eating” any one?!
Pulling away from people and usual activities, then we are like people change. Really…….
Having low or no energy.
Feeling numb or like nothing matters, millennials are making this look cool but it has it’s buts.
Having unexplained aches and pains, my back is paining is very common today.
Feeling helpless or hopeless, some of us that are not really employed or are not making enough money.
Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual, “me I don’t get drunk”……..sure!!!
Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
Yelling or fighting with family and friends, you think your parents are stressed from work and that is it, or your siblings are sinking in school work.
Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships. Today they are happy and the next minute you can recognize who they are.
Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head. Mostly the I wish situations
Hearing voices or believing things that are not true. “God talked to me” and “did you call me”
Thinking of harming yourself or others
Inability to perform daily tasks like taking care of your kids or getting to work or school.
Things that are evident in our every day life, or you are still thinking Prince Hurry is a sell out about mental health.
How do you tell you are safe if you have not gone through and of what have put out so far. Or how could you measure and evaluate how your home is doing. When you think you or those you stay with are realizing their full potential, again this is hard to tell. How you take on or cope with the stresses of life from money, to love to standing others. Working productively both at home and career wise. Are you making meaningful contributions to your community like blogging freely am kidding.
As I finish up this write up for day 22 of this nice 30days 30 blog posts for the #WinterABC. We should not be scared and be open to seeking professional help when we notice something in us and for our family members. Try as much as we can to Connect with others. Stay positive. Getting physically active, do you have like a hobby sport you do anyway. Helping others whenever we can, like visiting older ones in the neighborhood and help them with house work. Sleep enough even if internet is faster at night we need to rest. Developing coping skills in our own way.