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7 Sins Of Mental Health

 

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On the seventh day of blogmas let’s talk about seven things which are so harmful to your mental health that they can be considered as sins

1) Self-diagnosis

Everyone is different, every brain is wired differently, then what is the probability of you having the same mental health problems as someone else? Very close to zero, right!? There are people who have given a lot of years of their lives to understanding the brain and its issues, so why not let someone, who is actually qualified, do the job. Self-diagnosis is not the way to tackle your mental health.

2) Ignoring the signs

I was someone who did this a lot and from my experience, I am telling you that you should never ignore the signs when you know it’s getting bad again. We live in denial thinking if we ignore it, it will go away. But it won’t and even you know it, it is always there at the back of our head. Please remember, ignoring it makes it difficult and more time consuming to get better.

3) Comparing your condition with others

It is a human tendency to compare ourselves with others and same is the case with mental health problems. We see if we fit in somewhere if we connect to somebody but whenever you start doing that, go back to the first point.

4) Ignoring medication

I understand that it gets difficult to take medicines every day. Especially since you have to follow a very strict routine and the course can go on for a couple of years. You sometimes feel like you are stuck in a pattern and the medicines dictate your life. If that’s the case, don’t stop taking them without consulting your doctor. Because if you stop in between then you have to start from day one and the medicines won’t have the desired effect on your body. Please don’t stop taking your medicines.

5) Not seeking help

You have to realise that you cannot do everything on your own and there is no shame in asking for some help. I also wrote an article which can convince you why you need help. You can read about it here.

6) Giving up food

Our relationship with food hits a rough patch when we are struggling with mental health issues. Sometimes we don’t want to eat anything at all, sometimes we forget about eating and sometimes we skip meals because we are too occupied with our mind. It worsens our condition. If you give up your meals you would have a really tough time getting out of your thoughts and you won’t even have enough energy to fight, to get better.
You can read about the basics of mental health here.

7) Staying in bed all day

I know all about the comfort or safe haven our beds provide us. We seek it, even more, when we are having mental health issues but we need to get up and move everyday else we won’t have the energy to fight. When it gets tough, staying in bed seems like the only safe option, I have been there, but we have to force ourselves to move away from it, even if it’s for a couple of minutes.

I request you to not commit these sins.

Hope you have a good mental health!

Thanks for reading.

Photo by Tj Holowaychuk
Photo by Dmitry Schemelev

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