These posts are meant to lead you be your most empowered self and help you overcome those things that are holding you back from reaching your goals. Some of this might resonate with you, or not, and I’m not here to judge anyone or their actions, only to give you something to think about.
Recognizing mental health in ourselves and others empowers us because we are able to be more empathetic and allows us to take better care of ourselves. When we can recognize the warning signs of mental health challenges such as stress, anxiety, depression as well as others is a very important factor in managing mental wellness. When we do not deal with our mental health challenges they can take over our lives (consciously or subconsciously) and interfere with not only our health and wellbeing, but also our life journey as well as our personal and professional goals. Preserving our mental health will help empower us to live our best lives. But it also requires to be patient and kind with ourselves. Everyone’s journey is different.
In the same way, being mindful of others’ mental health in our day to day practices will help us forge better connections with them. This includes being empathetic and being a good listener. It can also mean helping to get them the help they need while approaching these situations with all the love and kindness.
There are many mental health resources out there around the world, many of them free of charge. Check with your local search engine for some ideas of where to reach out. Never forget that you are worthy of all good things.
This week on Diva of Love and Blast the Radio it is Mental Health Week and we will be discussing recognizing mental health in ourselves and others. We will cover the topics of Journaling, Empathy and Self-Care/Self-Love!
This week’s mantra:
“I will recognize mental health in myself and others.”
Write it down. Repeat it. BELIEVE IT!
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“It has been said that if child abuse and neglect were to disappear today, the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual would shrink to the size of a pamphlet in two generations, and the prisons would empty. Or, as Bernie Siegel, MD, puts it, quite simply, after half a century of practicing medicine, ‘I have become convinced that our number-one public health problem is our childhood’.” (Childhood Disrupted, pg.228)
I’ve found there is still too much platitudinous lip-service towards proactive mental illness prevention for males, as well as treatment. Various media will state the obvious, that society must open up its collective minds and common dialogue when it comes to far more progressively addressing the challenge of more fruitfully treating and preventing such illness in general; however, they will typically fail to address the problem of ill men, or even boys, refusing to open up and/or ask for help due to their fear of being perceived by peers, etcetera, as weak/non-masculine.
The social ramifications exist all around us; indeed, it is endured, however silently, by males of/with whom we are aware/familiar or to whom so many of us are closely related. (The suicide of the late actor and comedian Robin Williams comes to my mind.)
Even today, there remains a mentality, albeit perhaps a subconscious one: Men can take care of themselves, and boys often are basically little men. It’s the same mentality that might explain why the book Childhood Disrupted was only able to include one man among its six interviewed adult subjects, there being such a small pool of ACE-traumatized men willing to formally tell his own story of childhood abuse.
It could be evidence of a continuing subtle societal take-it-like-a-man mindset; one in which so many men, even with anonymity, prefer not to ‘complain’ to some stranger/author about his torturous childhood, as that is what ‘real men’ do. (I tried multiple times contacting the book’s author via internet websites in regards to this non-addressed florescent elephant in the room, but I received no response.)
Thank you for your comment. There is absolutely a stigma when in comes to mental health and males and it does start in childhood. We can only do our best to raise awareness and “be the change” that we wish to see. I know I am doing that with my own sons. Thanks again!
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