Mental illnesses are something that are rarely discussed in the black community, yet you’d be surprised by how many of us are effected by it. Over 6.8 billion African-Americans had a diagnosable mental illness. No doubt, someone you know has a mental illness. In my opinion, African-Americans can be very good with addressing mental illnesses and making sure their family is well taken care of. Though, there are some that can be very dismissive. Most of the time, I see people talk about their depression or anxiety on social media, but I have to wonder how many of them are discussing it with family or friends. Will family and friends even be open to discuss or help?
Depression and anxiety are serious matters, and can occur at any point in one’s life. Some of us may even suffer from it a lot longer than others. I honestly wish I could help every person who has to go through any stages of depression or experience the symptoms of anxiety. It’s something we all have to learn to overcome on our own, but it always helps to have genuine people who care about you in your corner. Stay in touch with those people, and try not to withdraw from life. I can go an entire month without talking to anyone, but I always try to communicate with my friends. I never want them to think I’m pushing them away, and your true friends will still be there for you when it’s over. Not all friends will understand why you do this, but hold on to the ones that take the time to do so. Depression and anxiety isn’t something you can cure or easily overcome. All you can do is try to find ways to cope, be healthy, and bring any kind of happiness into your life. Being more active can also be a way to help your mental and physical health. Even if it’s just getting out and talking a walk around your neighborhood. Try to add a little exercise to your daily routine. Speaking of routines, having a daily routine is good. This is also something that can keep you from withdrawing too much. Instead of sleeping late, get up early and make yourself an amazing breakfast. Exercise, watch a good show on Netflix, laugh at some funny memes on Instagram, pick up a yoga class, read a good book, find something you love and make the time to do it as much as you can. Try to replace positive thoughts with negative ones. Even when things are feeling tough, think of the things in your life you are grateful for. Self-compassion is the most important thing. Love yourself and take care of yourself! Meditation is honestly amazing and helpful. Whenever I’m feeling anxious, I turn on some relaxing piano music, close my eyes, and relax for a moment. Eat well-balanced meals and healthy meals! Limit the amount of caffeine and alcohol you drink, especially if you have anxiety. Make sure you get enough sleep each night, which can be hard, believe me I know! Accept that everything isn’t always in your control, but know things will work out in the way they are supposed to. Learn your triggers, even keep a journal, or make recordings on your phone. Lots of people are fighting similar battles, but we all have different journeys. Just know that you are never alone! Alcohol or drugs aren’t your friend! It’s okay to go out and have a good time, it’s something that is definitely needed, but know your limit. Always ask for help if you need it, and just know there are so many people out there willing to help you! You CAN make it out, you WILL make it out. Just do the best you can.
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