Mental health is defined as a person’s condition with regard to their psychological and emotional well-being. It truly is as important as our physical health but oftentimes can be overlooked. With Black History Month in full affect we are here to provide YOU with some great tips to help improve and maintain a positive mental health in order to be your best , bold & black self.
In the film on the surface it seems Jade (Meagan Good) has it all, a successful marketing career, a husband admired and respected in the community, and a young daughter they both dote on. But behind closed doors, her life is far from idyllic. Her husband Ed (Chiké Okonkwo) is a controlling man who is physically and psychologically abusive. When Jade decides to leave Ed, he tells her "If I can't have you, nobody will," a threat which becomes very real when she discovers he has hired someone to kill her. Knowing no one will believe her, Jade realizes the only way to escape Ed is to make him believe the hitman completed the job and that she is dead. La’Myia Good plays Jade’s sister Leigh.
Throughout the film we are introduced to the different psychological issues each character faces from Jade’s depression, Leigh’s bipolar disorder & Chike’s anger issues. When I spoke with Meagan Good I asked her how she personally maintained her mental health in her everyday life and tips she had for others who may be struggling with psychological issues similar to the characters in the film.
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At Black Talk Radio we truly believe it’s important to set a routine for yourself in order to maintain your mental health, we have curated a quick list of things one can do in order to manage and maintain their mental.
1. Prayer & Meditation
As Meagan mentioned in our interview starting one’s day off with prayer & meditation can truly set the tone of your day and help one center themselves. Waking up and praying in the shower , before you get out of bed or even 5-10 minute meditation can truly make a difference.
Oftentimes we go through busy days without truly processing what happened to us and how it made us feel. Journaling and writing our thoughts down & reflecting can allow us to process our thoughts and emotions and how we can move forward to improve our life. Journaling once to a couple times a week can be helpful.
Lastly, having a therapist and someone to speak to outside of family & friends can be super effective. You don’t need to be in a bad space to go to therapy either. You can choose to see your therapist weekly , monthly or whenever you simply need to talk but having that resource is really important for one’s mental health.
We hope this piece was helpful for you in regards to managing your mental health & we're sending you all the good energy & vibes for the remainder of February. In addition, don’t forget to watch Death Saved My Life on Lifetime this Saturday, February 13th at 8/7c.