I once seen a quote that said “ I am a strong, independent women, because I have to be.” The black women has always been described as the backbone of the family, the lifeline, the one who keeps it all together with a pretty smile plastered on her face though, internally suffering from all the pain she has endured. Too often does the black women try to be stoic and fight their way through their struggles on their own, without even a murmuring word. Struggling with this myth that you have to be strong, and you have to do it on your own because your a black women leads her to a path of depression, insecurity, and anxiety. Very unhealthy habits formed but luckily they can be reversed.
Know The Facts!
Mental health is a topic that is sweeping over the nation. It has become a point of focus for many americans. Mental health is extremely important and needs to become a priority in your life. Women are twice as likely to experience an episode of depression than men, and black women are less likely to find help in comparison to their caucasian counterparts.
Know the signs of depression
- Sleeping more
- Increase or decrease in appetite
- Mood swings
- Difficulty controlling your feelings
- Uninterested or unable to enjoy things
Make Your Mental Health Your Priority!
Here are some things you can do to make sure you stay on top your mental health.
- Being well rested : sleeping between 7-9 hours a night can improve your mood, help with weight loss, and increase future productivity.
- Shake something: moving at least half an hour can boost endorphins which prevent depression symptoms.
- Eat right: eating the correct things help to stabilize your energy levels which help you handle the highs and lows of your day better.
- You time: Schedule you time for yourself every week. Taking time out for yourself helps reduce stress levels. Take a spa day, or go treat yourself to that purse you’ve been dying to get.
- Don’t push it: Know your limits and do agree to things that will add extra stress to your life. It’s okay to say no. Set boundaries and don’t overwork yourself.
If these just aren’t enough, you can always seek professional help by contacting a therapist.
Take your mental health seriously. It’s okay to put yourself first and set boundaries for the people in your life. Try these methods out and watch how your life improves.
By Patrice Shumate