With everything going on around the world, it’s more important than ever to take care of our mental health. We often forget to pay attention to our mental health and I’m among the “we” I’m referring to. Mental health includes 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.
I grew up in a country where little to no attention was paid to mental health. It wasn’t considered as a part of our health we should take care of. However, with the advancement of technology and education, mental health is now a growing concern but it’s still not getting the amount of recognition it requires in Nigeria. There are a handful of mental health awareness organizations but a lot of people and companies don’t address this important part of our lives.
Right now, you must be giving life your best shot amidst the pandemic, you may be stressed at work, you may be trying to heal from a loss, you may be unhappy, you may have lost your job, you may just be tired but you don’t know why. All these feelings are valid and attribute to your mental health. As humans, before we act we think therefore our mental health directs our physical health and it’s only when we’re in a good place mentally, that we will be able to function properly.
I really like the “Selfcare Sundays” Issa and Molly had going on in InsecureHBO. I’ll explain the concept for y’all that don’t watch InsecureHBO or know what this means. Selfcare Sundays means choosing Sundays as the day of the week to consciously take care of your mental, emotional, and physical health. So these two ladies spent Sundays together doing things they love: eating out, exercising, smoking a blunt, organizing––essentially, they used this time to declutter and take care of themselves. Since we’re mostly busy during the week, Sundays can be the perfect day to take care of yourself.
Any day of the week is also perfect to take care of yourself and it’s okay to ask for a day off work to take care of your mental health. It’s also okay to take breaks in between work to do things you love. I personally find this helpful as it makes me energized for the tasks ahead. There are so many things you can do to take care of yourself; for instance, writing this post was a form of self-care for me. I shared these 8 Self Care Tips You Should Practice Often a while ago. You can have a look for tips on self-care ideas.
With the pandemic still very much present in our lives, you may have to improvise on your self-care rituals but don’t forget to take care of yourself. Your mental health is important and never let anyone make you feel guilty for choosing to take care of yourself.