Mental Health Check-INI had this whole thing typed out and then my computer dumped it! I screamed, I stomped my feet, I swore; then, I took a deep breath and started typing again. I’m still upset, but its not the end of the world 🥴
Anywho! Lets get into it! Lets Talk Hair(On a Tuesday) is getting a makeover. From now on I will be rotating between the 3 points in my tag line. Healthy Mind, Healthy Body, Healthy Hair. They will still come out on Tuesdays on(or around) 10 am. I’m not sure if I’m going to keep the name, Lets Talk Hair, or change it to something else. I guess I can figure that out later.
Mental Health matters!
Mental Health awareness has been on the rise for some time now and I’m all the way here for it. Awareness and understanding of our individual Mental and emotional health is so important and is at the forefront of any other version of health and wellness. It propels the way we live and take care of ourselves. It impacts our self esteem and how we relate to others. I’m speaking of the general state of mind. If you have been clinically diagnosed with specific mental health, then you may have more insight in treatment and approaches.
Our general state of mind is influenced by so many things, upbringing, various trauma, religion, social media, relationships etc. etc.
It took me years and some, rock bottom, experiences to figure out that I have had a very unhealthy state of mind. It was affecting everything in my life. For about 8 years now I’ve been looking into my own self discovery and working towards understanding my own mental and emotional health. Many things I have learned, in that time, up until about 6 months ago have been somewhat in theory. I was continuing to bang my head up against the wall and wasn’t making sustainable changes. I was stuck. I needed HELP.
Today i want to let you know what has helped me in ways i could never have imagined:
1. Curiosity- simply being curious has opened my mind to asking myself certain questions about myself, lol It was a great starting point.
2.Therapy- finding a good therapist has helped me to find answers to questions I didnt know I had. It has been a tool in helping me find some of my missing puzzle pieces.
3. Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. This book has completely opened my eyes to how shame has been ruining my life and what vulnerability truly is. Brene Brown does an amazing job breaking down the meaning of shame and how it effects us.
4. The body keeps the Score by Bessel A. Van der Kolk M.D.- this book has explained how trauma can effect the body long after the brain “forgets” it. It discusses possible approaches for treatment.
5. The body is not and Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor- This book has taught me to view my body image so differently and how other peoples bodies are not my business.
I am by NO means telling you that you MUST go to therapy or that you MUST read these books. What I am saying, is that these may be extremely helpful resources if you find yourself embarking on your own self discovery journey. If you have already started your journey and have resources that your would like to share, PLEASE SHARE!
Remember, mental and emotional health ARE at the forefront of ANY form of health. In order to shift your lifestyle your must shift your mindset. I understand that sounds “simple” I know that it is not and quite frankly, once it starts….it doesnt end. Which is good! That means we are always evolving!
With that being said, your mental health matters! I love you and i am looking forward to hearing about your growth! ❤️