One of my goals is to reach out and connect with men particularly in ethnic communities. I'd like to break the stereotypes and barriers that ethnic men don't talk about mental health. Needless to say, I'm proud to share that I am an Asian male openly talking about my struggles with depression, anger and anxiety.
Kindness begins with how we see ourselves. Much of this depends on how we were treated as children. Unfortunately, childhood abuse survivors often grow up as adults who a have hard time seeing themselves with kindness. We don't realize the subconscious voices telling us that we're unlovable, we don't deserve happiness, we're ugly or we're useless.
I can't believe it's already been 1 entire year since I started this blog and it's been a wonderful experience sharing my thoughts, reading others' and learning to be more tech-savvy! Most importantly however, this blog represents my growing understanding of mental health.
One third of Canadian adults have faced some form of childhood abuse growing up. The statistics are likely higher in the US and worldwide which absolutely blows my mind with disbelief.
In light of the recent tragedy that shook the world on October 1, 2017 in Las Vegas, we all must ask ourselves what we can do to prevent such a terrible tragedy from happening again.
I know guys who turn away from the conversation about feelings and mental health. It makes them twitch and feel uncomfortable. It also makes them defensive and they quickly deflect the conversation. I used to be that guy too.
Some days are rather ordinary and uneventful, yet some days, it feels like I'm making a big splash and a difference to the mental health community.
I challenge you to suck up the next 60 seconds to quickly glaze through (not even read in full detail!) the 5 Reasons Men Need to Journal!
Last night as I was preparing dinner, I felt incredibly warm around the kitchen. The heat coming from the stove, boiling water in the pot and oil from the frying pan added to the 31 degree Celsius apartment..