12:26 PM Let’s deepen a topic which I am talking about here forever (almost).
Maybe a little hidden, maybe still a bit shy about certain things or my behavior on how I acted when I experienced certain things, but I am super open about my story and how I became the person I am today.
Still struggling with so many things. 
But going on a wonderful journey that helps me being a better person. My mental health conditions actually make me have the best life experience I could ever ask for. More to that on my second part where I share some more personal facts. 

The internet seems to be filled or getting filled with so much info on mental health lately. Many lifestyle websites, magazines, and TV shows cover more content on mental health, the issues, and an easier approach to it. I am not saying that with this, the “problem” is solved, but I am happy to witness that after so many years, people finally start to care about a topic which is usually a taboo in today’s society. 

Mental health. 
You might read it somewhere. 
You might not be involved in situations like depression, burn out, anxieties, or disorders, but you should be informed about this, because we all have a brain and feelings – we are all able to develop these issues and need to learn how to deal with them. 

If this is all new to you and you don’t understand what I am writing here, I want to make it easier for you. 
I want to introduce you to this topic where you get all the info you need and furthermore some tips so you can either way start to help yourself or a loved one who is suffering in silence. 

What does mental health mean? 
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
Over the course of your life, with a different amount of stress, a different lifestyle, or different behavior, your mental health could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:
  • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
  • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
  • Family history of mental health problems

Mental health problems are common but help is available. 

Don’t worry. Mental health is not a disease that ruins your life. It’s more or less a heavy signal telling you that you need to change some habits of yours or you need to help your body a little bit out to function better. 

Well how do I notice that I have mental health issues?
One or more of the following feelings or behaviors can be an early warning sign of a problem:

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Pulling away from people and usual activities
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Having unexplained aches and pains
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Smoking, drinking, or using drugs more than usual
  • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
  • Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Having persistent thoughts and memories you can't get out of your head
  • Thinking of harming yourself or others

Those scenarios are unbelievably challenging during our daily life. I remember it from my dark days… being in school, trying to perform well, when at the same time my body requested healing and therapy. It was hard to handle… but know you can handle this. There’s plenty of help around. Don’t feel ashamed to ask for help. 

If one or more things from above totally fit your current situation then don’t feel punished or negative about this realization. 

I felt ashamed for having bad mental health conditions and I thought I was a loser for admitting it. 

Fact is, taking care of your mental health is the best excuse to enjoy more wellness for your whole being.

Because with mental health wellness and a lot of taking care, people are allowed to: 
  • Realize their full potential
  • Cope with the stresses of life much easier 
  • Work productively
  • Feel healthier 
  • Make meaningful contributions to their communities

How can I work on my mental health now? 
  • Getting professional help, talking to close family members and telling them about your condition. Maybe you want to go to therapist with a family member to feel more safe 
  • Connecting with others – Instagram or Twitter are great platforms to connect and exchange
  • Staying positive: journaling, meditating, exercising 
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Developing coping skills
  • Eat the right food – fuel yourself with the matching nutrients 
  • Reading self-help books 
  • If your doctor recommend it, take pills! It's totally fine to take pills or any kind of medicine to ease your pain

Even though with a heavy wave on more knowledge, science reports, and so much offer to start working on our emotional, physical, and cognitive happiness, many people choose a harmful way to end their conditions immediately. Suicide is appearing way too often in the context of mental health. I know what I am talking about..

But don’t feel lost or invisible. You are seen. You are loved. Don’t go that harsh way, even you feel like it’s the easiest. 

When seeking aid, follow these along. 

Aktionsbündnis Seelische Gesundheit, Wie Geht's Dir?, Achtung Kinderseele, Deutsche Depressionshilfe, Feel OK, Dein Kopf Voller Fragen

Info-Telefon Depression
Tel.: 0800 3344533: 

0800/111 0 111 · 0800/111 0 222 · 116 123

USA (NYC - focused): 
ThriveNYC, MentalHealth.GOV, Mental Health First Aid, Vibrant

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 

Disaster Distress Helpline 

Don’t forget: 
''Mental health is about wellness rather than illness''

Read yourself through this material and learn how important not only your own mental health is. 
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