As a therapist in the making, I love helping people with mental health and I also understand the stigmatization, yet I do not post more about “How to overcome or to deal with such and such mental health often” because I care about the wellbeing of those that read my blogs. I feel responsible should their situation gets worse. It is a great dilemma that I face every day. How do I help people without contributing to the self-medication society? That’s why I love to use common themes such as “Love, Hope, Rejection, Encouragement, Perseverance, Faith, etc’ to instill hope in people to hold on and not give up, because everything that has a beginning also has an ending.
That being said, having tips alongside professional help can go a long way. Being proactive is a great spirit to have when dealing with emotional or mental health matters.
Stay strong and avoid self-medication as much as possible. It is a hard and long process, and no one can truly imagine what you’re going through because they’re not in your shoes. But their empathy and compassion can help you cope better.
Mental Health: Practical Help
Meditation: It is important because it can change your brain
Loved Ones: Surround yourself with loved ones, and encourage them to better understand you in your journey through psychoeducation
Music: Listening to music can help a great deal but be careful of your choice of music
Reading: Sometimes it is hard to focus when dealing with emotional or mental health problems but reading can help. Maybe 10 to 15 minutes per session spread through your day or week
Writing/Poetry: Expressing feelings and thoughts can be very useful. You don’t need to share, but take it out of your head instead of ruminating on it
Exercise: Long-distance walking or running can help release natural dopamine. You don’t always have to go to the gym
Cooking: Preparing a simple meal boosts your confidence, which is very important when dealing with emotional and/or mental health matters. Sometimes doing something with immediate results is essential
There are many more mindfulness and breathing exercises but you don’t have to overwhelm yourself activities. Do what makes you feel relaxed or calm without depending too much on self-medication because it causes more harm than good and doesn’t tackle the root causes.
Thank you for reading. Happy Wellness Wednesday. Stay Blessed Always!
Harris, K. M., & Edlund, M. J. (2005). Self-Medication of Mental Health Problems: New Evidence from a National Survey. Health Services Research, 40(1), 117–134. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1475-6773.2005.00345.x