Does Your Mind Go Blank When Speaking Of Mental Health?

Mental illnesses in today´s world are just like Spanish flu in the second decade of the 19th century.

Stressful way of living, online networks that changed our social lives including the way of interacting and many demands of modern society are some of the reasons for epidemic of those illnesses.

One in 4 people will be affected with mental illness at some point in their lives which means that almost every family will have one of its members affected.

Despite high prevalence of such diseases, they are still highly stigmatised- people tend to think that someone can just snap out of illness- because it is all in their mind.

Because of a lack of knowledge and biases about mental health- many people who could benefit from some kind of therapy don´t even reach for help.

People are hiding painful truths behind closed doors of their houses or apartments, not willing to admit that maybe they should seek treatment to help them cope with illness and- life.

Sometimes a person can think that admitting that help is needed is a sign of weakness, not knowing that the strength to accept reality as it is- is profoundly courageous.

From my experience as a nursing student- many people struggling with mental illness can be helped, but sometimes the only ingredient lacking is the willingness of the persons involved to seek for it.

Mental illnesses are special kind of diseases because they distort your way of thinking in a way that you don´t think you need help because you have too many negative thoughts or in the worst case because you lost contact with reality.

Mental illnesses can´t be seen and they are very specific in their experience so not many people truly understands them.

However they are our reality, and sometimes we can´t escape from it- or we would become delusional.


Let Cigarette Stay- Far Away

One in every three adults you meet is a cigarette smoker.

Those adults that you encounter were once teenagers which means they tried their first cigarette before their 19th birthday.

We know how it all starts- in most cases from pure curiosity. You see others, mostly adults at bus stations or in coffee shops how they smoke and suddenly you also want to try it.
Or you just started high school and all the popular kids seem to enjoy that unhealthy habit.

The media doesn’t help much either in your choice whether to try cigarettes or not- it actually promotes it via tv serials or movies. Suddenly then, smoking becomes more and more acceptable.

One day you decide you are going to buy a pack of smokes, although you don’t even know how to take a drag on a cigarette. You also try it tomorrow, the day after tomorrow, the following week and soon- you become addicted.
Apart from health issues that smoking causes, it also takes a big toll on smoker´s budget.

It might sound too shocking, but from my opinion- people who smoke literally pay for their own death.
Their teeth become yellow, they have breathing problems, their skin becomes gray- and these are only “minor” problems- smoking can cause cancer.

Some people console themselves that they can stop smoking anytime, but I think that the only effective way to get rid of cigarettes is to put them out the very second you light them up. In other words when you wish to smoke, you should remind yourself to disregard that thought immediately.

What I have noticed is that many people smoke while enjoying their cup of coffee- like they connect coffee and cigarettes with emotions of happiness and relaxation.

I know it is hard to quit smoking but- let cigarette stay far away!