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!