It's OK To Not Be OK

Image Oscar Lozada Photography

Image Oscar Lozada Photography

There is such a huge stigma that comes with mental illness, especially in the black community. While I do believe that many of our thoughts and the things we project can lend to making your day “good” or “bad”,  sometimes it is bigger that that. Sometimes no matter how hard you try, how hard you pretend, no matter how many inspirational quotes you read, prayers you pray, or smiling selfies you post -  inside things just aren’t matching up.

I, for one, do not think that there is anything wrong with that and I am making it a priority of mine to discuss openly and with all transparency about the symptoms, causes, books, support groups and everything in between when it comes to living with mental illness. There is nothing to be ashamed of and if there is anyone in your life that makes you feel differently then you literally need to tell them to kick rocks, because you do not need that type of energy in your life. What you (read: we) need is people who understand that it is not a choice.  Understand this: NO ONE would chose to wake up each day and deal with the feelings associated with mental illness.

I am hoping that over time people can understand that is a safe place. We are all about growing your mind, body, and soul. That goes for everyone, because the people that are living with this shouldn’t have to do so alone, and the people that are closely associated with those people need support and understanding just as much as those affected.

For those of you who think you may be suffering (or if you just aren’t sure what is what), I’ve compiled a list of the types of mental illnesses that frequently plague.  Hopefully, when you know better you can do better within yourself and/or with someone who may just need some understanding.

Types Of Mental Illness

The most common mental illnesses are anxiety and depressive disorders. While everyone experiences strong feelings of tension, anxiety, or sadness at times, a mental illness is present when these feelings become so disturbing and overwhelming that people have great difficulty coping with day-to-day activities, such as work, enjoying leisure time, and maintaining relationships.

Join me monthly as we attack the stigma, address concerns, questions, and create a safe space to learn, grow, and encourage one another.

Affirmation: I am not my circumstances.

What are you speaking over and into your life?

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