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Mental Health and Wellness

Journaling For Mental Health

Journaling is a practice of keeping a diary or journal which explores thoughts and feelings concerning events of your life. In my teenage years I kept a diary to help me keep track of things happening in my life just so I could have a word album to help me reminisce. This went on and on until I started transitioning to adulthood. Keeping a diary seemed childish but little did I know what was coming my way. By then I had no idea what depression was or the kind of effect it has on people that don’t act upon it quickly.

Every day after I put an end to my diary entries my mind became a library filled with a lot thoughts and it didn’t do my mental health any justice. It’s important to note that until recently mental health was not considered a major issue. So during that period I had no one to confide in and writing was the last thing on my mind. With the help of the internet I learned that depression that’s unattended to can turn out to be quite messy and it’s when I learned about journaling to help improve mental health.

Having lost control of my thoughts and emotions my life seemed so stagnant and confusing. This resulted into many anxiety attacks and depression phases. A journal is a helpful tool in managing your mental health and it is one of the best healthy outlets in which you can express yourself and keep track of your emotions and feelings.

Journaling helped me control my symptoms and improve my mental state by:

-Helping me prioritize my fears, problems and concerns

-Tracking any day to day triggers of depression and learning ways to control them
-Availing a 360 dimension of positive self-talk and identifying negative behavior and thoughts.

There’s no specific method for journaling but here are a few tips to help you get started:

Write every day; Set off a few minutes each day and write in your journal. Schedules tend to be tight but healing starts with you literally starting.

Use your journal as you see fit; some people like to share their journeys but if you are not comfortable then keep it confidential, what matters most is your progress.

Keep it simple; in the beginning I focused a lot on what book and pen I should use and honestly there was no writing done. Start with what you have because as you progress the journaling essentials come naturally to you.

Write anything and everything; do not be picky on what you write, it’s your journal and you are in charge of whatever you put down on paper.

It’s safe to say journaling has helped me get my mental health in check because I do not look at it as medication but rather my relaxation time. I always look forward to it and am always eager to know whether I moved two steps ahead or back, my thoughts or innermost fears and more. Choose a comfortable place and favorable time let loose and pour your heart out, look at it as a reward for a better mind, body and you.

In case you feel the need to educate yourself on everything mental health please visit this link https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-health-types-illness
There are plenty of websites but i chose that one, feel free to visit others Google is not your enemy.

Yours truly,

Linda S.A

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Charity and Volunteer Stories

Service Above Self

I’ve come to realize those 3 words simply mean volunteering and as many of us know it’s the motto of the Interact Club. It’s been a year and a couple of months since my long time friend Mildred managed to have me inducted into a Rotaract Club. To be honest I was reluctant to join because I still carried that mentality from high school on what Interact was all about and the standards we had to to meet to survive in the club.

Misconception is not word enough to prove how wrong I was about Rotaract. To begin with it’s a whole world of its own with people that are devoted to engage in leadership, help the under privileged at no cost whatsoever, have massive fun but most importantly make beneficial networks. Those that have been a part of it for more than two years say it’s addictive and if that’s true I want to be an addict too.

Serving the community through volunteering requires extreme selflessness and devotion. For me it was a challenge to leave my comfort zone and I must say every step out of it (the comfort zone) has helped me become a better human being.

If I could, I’d share my few experiences with you but the post would become so boring, if it isn’t already. Although I’ll tell you this, the family health camp I volunteered at last year left me wishing I’d loved sciences more. The lessons I’ve got are a story for another day because they are many and I know you need them.

Rotaract is turning 50 and I thought it best to share my little journey so far with you this week which is also dubbed Rotaract Week.

Special appreciation goes to the amazing Mildred Nabawanuka, I will not stop thanking you for this opportunity. To all the readers, this is my way of encouraging you to engage in voluntary work. It may not necessarily be Rotaract

but whatever form it takes as long as you’re able to put a smile on someone’s face and give them hope for a better tomorrow then GO FOR IT.

Yours truly,

LINDA 😄

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The Journey Begins

I can’t believe that I’m finally doing this. I’ve pushed myself out of the comfort zone and i hope this journey will be worth while and contribute positively to somebody out there.

For me it’s the beginning of something completely new from which I intend to learn and grow all at once.

Thank you to whoever will take time off to read my work. Words portray different messages that we need to embrace every day of our lives.

Love,

Linda S. A