Mental Health Series, Part 2 — How are you?

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So how do you know your mental health is bad?

  1. Well, start by asking your self those questions and answering them intentionally. How are you? truly?
  2. Spend time alone. It encourages self awareness. A lot of the confusion you feel stems from the fact that you barely know who you are and in turn, it is hard for you to figure out when you’re okay or not.
  3. Listen to your body!! I used to think migraines were normal and meant I wasn’t drinking enough water or that I was hungry till a physician said “we are not supposed to get used to pain.” Nowadays when I feel any slight difference, I deal with it immediately( but don’t be paranoid on my account). Unexplained Headaches, back aches, lethargy among others are signs that your mind could be taking a blow.
  4. Take note of the quality of your relationships. My very personal opinion is that if you have multiple failed romantic relationships or friends who mostly tolerate you, then something is up. A failure to form good nurturing relationships is telling of how your mind is doing. Relationships are an important aspect of humanity because we are an interactive species thus the emphasis.
  5. How do you handle stressful situations? There are different copying mechanisms you have adapted with age. However, some could be detrimental to your mental wellbeing. Like alcohol, risky sexual activities, over spending etc. If you know you’re doing the wrong thing but continue anyway to “numb” the pain, then something is up.
  6. Emotional intelligence level. I have little to add on this because I am struggling with it too at the moment. What I will say is that you do not have to act on your every emotion, there is a time and place as I have come to learn. If for instance your emotion anger is causing you to respond with violence, then something is definitely up!

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