Friends and Mental Health (Part 1)

Hi everyone. Today, I’m going to tell you about how to talk to your friends about your mental health.

Research shows that having good friends in your life is beneficial to your mental health since your friends can help you with:

  • Finding your purpose in life.
  • Increase your happiness and decrease your stress and anxiety levels.
  • Increase your self-confidence and self-worth
  • Help you heal with certain traumas like a death in the family, fatal illness, etc.
  • Promote healthy habits such as having a healthy diet, etc.

There are times where a friendship may fade away due to certain things happening in your lives such as having kids, working, dealing with financial issues, etc. However, there are ways to make sure your friendship lasts for a long time. In order to nurture your friendships, you have to:

  • Show kindness and empathy. Your parents always told you to be kind to everyone and they were right. Showing knindess and empathy are true roots to having a successful friendship.
  • Listen to your friends. Pay attention to every detail to any information your friends are telling you when they are talking to you. Also, when your friends are telling you something negative about their lives, only provide advice when they ask for it.
  • Open yourself up to your friends. I will dive in more to this topic later, but telling your friends about what is going on in your life will increase your bond with your friends.
  • Earn your trust.  When your friend plans an event, make sure that you keep your promise and arrive on time. Also, when your friend tells you something private taht he/she don’t want anyone else to know, keep it to yourself.

In school, it is shown that you have to have a large group of friends. However, as you get older, you realize that friendships does not depends on how many you have. All that matters is the bonds, connection, and communication you have with each other.

That’s all for now, but keep checking this website beause next time, I will talk about how you can talk to your friends about your mental health and how you should respond to your friends when they talk about their mental health. Until then, you can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DanBarnesW1 and keep cheking for part two of this blog. Until then, stay safe and I will see you next time.

 

Does Music Improves Our Mental Health?

Hi everyone. Welcome back to my website. I have been doing some research of what else you can do to help improve our mental health.

Research shows that listening to our favorite music affects our mental health. However, this is technical, so make sure you read this carefully.

You may have noticed that you or someone that you know who is depressed may listen to sad music. By experience, this is bad for your mental health because it will produce negative feelings; which will increase your depression, stress, and anxiety. Listening to positive music will help produce positive feelings; which will reduce your depression, stress, and anxiety levels and it will be beneficial to your mental health.

One of the artists I listen to is an acapella group called Pentatonix.

Every time I listen to them, I always end up in a happy mood and it helps reduce my depression, anxiety, and stress levels. It also takes my mind off of the negatve feelings I have inside me. Don’t get me wrong. Listening to music does not completely cure my depression and anxiety, but it’s a start to mine and everyone else’s road of recovery.

So, the answer to the question of whether or not music can help improve our mental health is yes; as long as you are listening to positive music. What you can do is pick your favorite song and/or music artist and just listen to it (The music has to be positive or else it won’t work) and you will find yourself being more calm. Try it out and let me know what you think. Make sure you follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DanBarnesW1 Thanks for reading, stay safe, and I will see you next time!

Discussing Male Mental Health

Hi everyone. Welcome back to my website. I have to discuss an important topic with everyone. I have been researching how men are most likely to commit suicide because of society.

What I mean by that is society has made it where if men talk about their feelings, then it will be looked at as a bad thing. It will make them look weak. Because of that, men are more likely to either abuse drugs and/or alcohol, or the worst case scenario, commit suicide.

I learned  last year the hard way and I’m still learning that discussing your mental health does not make you weak. In fact, people respect you for sharing your feelings. Those people who don’t are the ones that you don’t need in your life. Those who do support you (friends and/or family), hold on to them, communicate with them, let them know how you are truly doing. This can be one of the tools that can help improve your mental health. If you know someone who is suffering mentally, do not belittle him, SUPPORT HIM!! You could be the key to literally saving his life. If he ends his life because he feels like he hasn’t gotten the help he deserves, then it will be on you. You have to live with that for the rest of your life.

So guys, it’s up to you to end society’s way of thinking. Remember, it’s ok to not be ok. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Do not be afraid to truly discuss how you feel. As mentioned before, hang on to those people who supports you no matter what and toss out the people who doesn’t. And please, I’m begging you, do not commit suicide. You may not feel like you have a reason to live, but someone out there does and loves you. Thanks for reading this rant. I just needed to get this off my chest. Make sure you spread this message out to everyone.  Follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DanBarnesW1 Stay safe and I’ll see you next time.

How to Improve Mental Health

Hi everyone. As promised, I am going to talk about ways you can improve your mental health. One thing you can do is to have a healthy diet.

When your mental health is suffering, you either eat a lot of unhealthy food to ease the pain or you barely eat anything at all. Both of these options are bad because unhealthy eating will cause weight gain plus other problems later on in the future such as diabetes. Not eating anything will cause you to lose an unhealthy amount of weight plus malnourishment to the body.

Here are the foods that you can eat to boost your mental health:

  1. Beans.
  2. Fruits. (Apples, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, bananas)
  3. Vegetables. (Spinach, cucumbers, carrots, lettuce, kale)
  4. Nuts.
  5. Grains.
  6. Fish and/or salmon.

Following this diet can help boost your Omega-3, decrease your stress levels, improve your positivity, and it can help lessen your anxiety and depression. You can also take certain supplements to help improve your mental health, but there will be more information about that another time. To learn more about what eating these foods can do for you, then you can go to https://www.psycom.net/food-supplements-fight-depression-mental-health/#:~:text=The%20researchers%20narrowed%20down%20the,%2C%20fresh%20berries%2C%20and%20kiwifruit. or https://anzmh.asn.au/2018/04/19/foods-mental-health-wellness/ So when your parents told you to eat your fruits and vegetables, they knew what was best for you. So kids, make sure you eat your fruits and vegetables or else you will miss out on having a sharp mind and a healthy body! Same goes for the parents!

As someone who has experienced eating a healthy diet being a vegetarian, I can personally tell you that I notice a huge difference between following a healthy diet vs. following an unhealthy diet. Even though I’m still struggling with my mental health, eating a healthy diet has helped improve my energy, mood, and it helped improve my mind. I also take vitamins along with following a healthy diet, but I will discuss that another time. Of course, this is not the only thing that you can do to help improve your mental health. Tune in next time to find out what else you can do to improve your mental health. Until then, be safe and healthy. Make sure to follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DanBarnesW1 Until next time, stay safe and healthy!

It’s been a while..

Hi everyone! I hope that everyone is safe during this pandemic. I know that evryone is itching to go back out there soon. Before I give a recap of what’s going on in my life since the last time I posted, let me start off by saying

2020 has been an interesting year. With the Coronavirus pandemic, non-essential businesses had to be put on hold, schools had to go fully online, social-distancing, Kobe Bryant and his daughter’s passing, and most recently, the murder of George Floyd, 2020 is not a good year.

Towards the end of last year, all of us were saying that 2020 was going to be a good year. However, none of us were expecting that this was the year where everything took a turn for the worse. All of us are forced to be on lock down and we are forced to practice social distancing when we do leave the house. I never would have expected that this would be the year where the city finally sleeps. I will be the first to admit that when this virus first existed, I did not take it seriously because I thought that the virus outbreak was just another way for the government to make money. However, I started to notice how serious the virus is once non-essential businesses were forced to shut down and all of us were forced to be quarantined in our houses. This reminded me of the show “The Walking Dead” since a virus outbreak has forced people to isolate themselves. The only difference between this show and what we are experiencing now is we are not zombies.  If people decided to make a movie about this year, it would be titled: “2020: When Life was a Standstill.”

Now, to do a recap of what has happened in my life since the last time I posted. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics.

I was also forced to stay home with my parents due to the pandemic. I do not have to worry about money since I am living with my parents, who are both essential workers. My mother is a health care worker and my father is a building manager. I talk to my grandparents and my cousins and they have been doing well.

Even though I have been doing well physically and financially, this pandemic has been tough on me mentally. As someone who is suffering from depression and anxiety, I have been having some good days, but I have been having a lot of bad days, too. This pandemic has made me regress to not discussing my feelings to anyone since I know that there are people who are in worse situations than me. I have not told my family because I do not want them to worry about me. So, I have been pretending that I am ok on the outside when I am really not on the inside. All I can do is keep fighting and keep telling myself that everything is going to be ok.

I want to start posting again about something that I’m still learning about myself: Mental Health. Talking about mental health is something that I hope that one day, it won’t be looked at as a bad thing. In other words, just because you are struggling with mental health does not mean that you are insignificant. That’s something that I am trying to figure out myself. So, join me next time as I blog more about my experiences with my mental health and what you can do to improve on your mental health. You can also follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/DanBarnesW1 Until then, stay safe!

Final Blog Post Reflection

Hey guys. Welcome back. Today, I want to talk about my time at CT101 over the semester. When I signed up for this class, I didn’t know what to expect. If you had told me that this class was stress-free with no exams, then I would have said that you were crazy because I have never experienced any classes that do not have any exams whatsoever. I’m happy to say that this class has managed to prove me wrong.

I’ll start at the beginning. On my first day of class, I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know whether or not the class was going to be easy or difficult. Once the professor explained to his class what the class was about, then I started to relax and enjoy my time. While taking this class, I learned some skills that I’ll hopefully be able to carry on in the future.

One of those skills was how to create memes. I saw memes several times, but I had no idea how to create them. Once I learned, then I incorporated some memes of my own that I will show below.

I was able to create those memes by using Adobe PhotoShop. What I did is I found some images on Google and I used PhotoShop to edit a text into that same image. Therefore, the images above are my memes.

I learned how to create GIFs also using Photoshop. First, I chose a photo and I used PhotoShop to alter it into different colors and filters. (Yes, I chose Sonic the Hedgehog.)

Then, I collaborated these pictures together to create a GIF which you can see down below.

Finally, I uploaded the GIF to GIPHY which you can check out by clicking on the link. I created this GIF to contribute to GIF the Portrait Project that we did in class two months ago. I really enjoyed creating this project because it helped me to test more of my skills through PhotoShop and I got to play around with the photo I have chosen to make it more unique.

As the semester continued, I learned how to create my own website. I was a little nervous at first because I had no idea how to even create a website, let alone make my own. But as the professor was giving instructions, I felt more comfortable and I created my own website, where I have continued to post blogs. On my website, I post blogs from class and random stuff. I still go back and forth with posting blogs on the CT101 website and my website.

As the semester was coming to a close, we created a ZINE project, which you can see down below.

Even though it was challenging for me to think of what to create at first, I managed to find two perfect images to add to the collaboration of the ZINE project. I worked on some of it in class using Photoshop while I did the rest of the project at home by using Pixlr.

I enjoyed being in this class this semester because it helped me to relax from one of the stressful semesters I have ever been through. It also gave me a chance to express my feelings through digital storytelling. I have been going through anxiety and depression for almost 5 years and I had trouble expressing my feelings. But I feel like this class has helped me to express my true feelings and it feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I don’t know whether or not I will keep this website open, but I hope the answer will be yes. The grade I expect to receive is an A because even though this semester has been rough through my other classes, I somehow managed to not fall behind.

I’m really glad I took this class and I hope to continue blogging through the future, depending on whether or not my life will be hectic because life is unpredictable. So, thanks for reading this blog post and I hope that the rest of you had a successful semester. I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year! Here’s to 2020, everyone!

 

My Review of 2019

Hey guys. Hope everyone is doing well. As 2019 is coming to an end, I’ve decided to look back on 2019.

I think this year for me has been one of the roughest years I have ever experienced. The reason why I say that is because it has been non-stop problems after problems. For example, at the beginning of the year when I was signing up for classes for the Spring 2019 semester, financial aid was giving me a hard time because the form was not completed correctly. So, instead of taking full-time classes, I had to go part-time and I had to sign up for a payment plan. If it wasn’t for my parents, then I wouldn’t have been able to even go to school in the Spring semester.

Another issue is this semester has been the roughest semesters I have ever experienced because I was taking a lot of classes and two of them have been difficult. On top of that, I had to wake up early and deal with the rush-hour traffic each morning. Mondays and Wednesdays were the worst because I was in school from 8am to 7pm. I also started having more panic attacks because I was so stressed out and my depression was getting worse. I started missing classes because I was having those feelings and I didn’t want anyone to see me having those feelings.

On the bright side of things, outside of school, my time with my friends has gotten stronger. One of my friends (I’m not going to say who it is) is one of the sweetest person I have ever met. He is very supportive and he never judges me or anyone else. He is the first person that I told about my depression and anxiety and he doesn’t treat me any differently. He’s very funny, he’s a positive person and I admire that so much because that inspires me to become a positive person. He reminds me of me a little bit because we have similar personalities.

On the subject of depression and anxiety, I started to become more open about my struggle with it. I feel like this website and taking CT101 has helped out a lot because ever since I opened up, I feel like a burden has been lifted off my shoulders. Even though I’m still struggling, I feel like every day will get better if I keep fighting.

Another bright side of things is after this semester, then I only have one more semester to accomplish. I’m finished with my major this semester (It’s Math by the way), so I just need to take some electives and hopefully if everything goes well, I should graduate by May 2020.

That’s my review of 2019. It wasn’t good for me, but it wasn’t bad either. Hopefully, 2020 will be a better year for me. What did you think of 2019? Comment down below your review of 2019. Hope everyone had a good year. If you didn’t, then hopefully next year will be better for you. Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next time for another blog post!

Semester Wrap-Up

Hey guys. The semester is coming to an end and I know a lot of you are stressing out over final exams. (I know I am.)

But just know that you will be OK. If you did your best throughout the whole semester, then you will do fine on the final exams. If you didn’t do your best or you were struggling this whole semester, don’t panic. It’s not the end of the world.

And look at the bright side: Once the semester is over, then you can relax for the rest of the year as we dive into 2020.

What I’m looking forward to is spending Christmas with my family. I’m going to do a wrap-up of the year 2019, so look out for that. Until then, thanks for reading, good luck on your finals, and see you next time!

Happy Holidays!

Hey guys. I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving. Today, since it’s the holiday season, I want to talk about one of my favorite holidays. That holiday is Christmas.

Christmas was, is, and always has been one of my favorite holidays. As a kid, I was looking forward to it not only because I was home from school (Typical, right?) but because I was looking forward to the Christmas presents and the food. (Again, typical, right?)

As I got older, I focused less on the presents and I focused more on spending time with my family because who knows how long you have them? I began to appreciate the people I love, friends and family, you name it. I also look forward to listening all of the Christmas songs and watch all of the Christmas movies all month long. As you guessed it form the image above, one of my favorite Christmas movies is “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.” I have other favorite Christmas movies such as “The Polar Express,” “Home Alone (The first 2)”, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” etc.

Comment down below what your favorite holiday is. Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays, everyone! Here’s to 2020!

ZINE Project

Hey guys. These are my attempts on the Zine Project I worked in class for two weeks. I worked on some of it in class using Photoshop while I did the rest of the project at home by using Pixlr. Here are my three attempts.

My first attempt is associating technology with outer space and using the images of the computer and an video game controller since I enjoy both of these.

My second attempt is by combining technology with how television is being used today through the internet.

My last attempt is by showing how technology is not only changing the way we entertain ourselves, but it is slowly but surely taking over the world.

Here is my bonus attempt of my project.

These are my three attempts. Let me know what you guys think and thanks for reading and have a happy Thanksgiving!