How Self-Awareness Helps With Vulnerability

It's all about mood boosters, well-being, and seeking help this week. I wasn't going to miss this one so here goes :) My preferred #KISS question is the 4th one;

What do you believe are some of the reasons why people do not seek help when suffering from low mood or mental fatigue?

There are several reasons that easily come to mind and these depend on the individual, their family, friends, and society at large. The first reason being some people don't know that they have a problem. When they can't identify that, they don't see a need for a solution.

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It's quite okay to have low moods and wave it off because you know it'll pass. What's not okay is being mentally stressed for a prolonged period of time, exhibiting several mental illness symptoms and being unaware of your feelings.

I know it isn't easy for some people to identify it but self-awareness/mental health awareness needs to be practised, else, you lose yourself without really knowing how you got lost in the first place.

There are those who are aware that they're going through mental fatigue but tend to show themselves 'tough love'. This is common with most people where I come from. They refuse to acknowledge the problem that they're very well aware of.

Some might tag this as being strong or ignoring the problem till it goes away. Some others don't think it's important because they think the world keeps on moving without them and they have no time to waste because they have to adult.

Many people don't have the time to even destress because truly, they lead busy lives. They ignore the fact that mental exhaustion is a symptom of mental illness.

There's another set who never grew up in a space where they could easily express themselves and ask for help. They're usually the ones that can't comfortably discuss their problems with anyone because they think it's easier doing it all on their own.

They fear the vulnerability that comes with asking for help especially when the low moods and mental fatigue have escalated. Some lack understanding friends and family who are mentally aware and would be able to provide them with help rather than stigmatize them.

In the case of professional help, it is not easily accessible for many. Financial constraints also play a major role because mental health care is expensive and if you live in developing countries, you'd find it hard.

To deal with low moods and mental fatigue, I think it all comes down to first being self-aware and creating time for one's self to destress. I don't know how some people can cope working consistently with mental exhaustion anyway.

I feel a self-aware person would always want to seek help from someone they can trust so I'd always say, practice self-awareness first. You can't fix what you don't know is broken.

Thanks for reading! I invite @kemmyb to answer any of the #KISS questions that tickles her :)



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Some lack understanding friends and family who are mentally aware and would be able to help them rather than stigmatize them.

I completely agree with this.

You sure can't fix what you don't know has broken. Self-awareness is very important.
Your points are valid.

Hello @wolfofnostreet
You've presented some great points here.
Some food for thought really. Especially with people thinking that they are being strong, by not asking for help.
Nice read:)))
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Thanks for your #KISS
I enjoyed it 😉


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It takes strength to ask for help, I hope people are strong enough to do that when necessary

What is out of sight is out of mind, they say. This is applicable in this context. When you do not put yourself into perspective to assess your well-being, you also will not have the mindset to consider "fixing what's broken" simply because you do not know what is broken.

The concept of self-awareness is a topic that every single individual must learn and master if they desire to thrive. Not knowing the state of your wellbeing is tantamount to not knowing when to hit the throttle and when to hit the brakes.

To tackle suffering from low mood or mental fatigue, one must first be self-aware. You have highlighted very solid points as to why people do not seek help in the times they feel mentally fatigued. And self-awareness is something that has to be practised. It doesn't start and come easy.

When you do not put yourself into perspective to assess your well-being, you also will not have the mindset to consider "fixing what's broken" simply because you do not know what is broken.

I can't remember the song, but it's a popular one that says we should come out of ourselves and look at ourself. That's a step to self-awareness, having an unbiased view of yourself as if from someone else's eyes.

If you saw yourself would you like you? Would you like how you're living? Like you said, we need to access ourselves frequently to thrive.

Thanks for the thoughtful comment.

 4 months ago  

mental health care is expensive and if you live in developing countries

Unfortunately mental health care is expensive in some developed countries as well (in North America at least). In Canada there has been a little more funding for it but I think it still has a long way to go.

It's almost non-existent in my country but there are a few NGOs and practitioners. It's just not affordable for a majority of the population (over 80% can't access mental health care)

 4 months ago  

That's unfortunate 😕

Yeah it is. We all just need to take care of ourselves.


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Some might tag this as being strong
Many people don't have the time to even destress because truly, they lead busy lives.

These two reasons are what I’ve witnessed in people before. They think admitting there’s a problem is a sign of weakness and some are just too busy to even begin thinking about it.

This was a nice write up @wolfofnostreet ~

Meanwhile admitting there's a problem is strength in itself.

Thanks for reading:)

I definitely agree! It's a huge step admitting there is ~

It was a pleasure:)

Well said... Self awareness is very paramount. How do you solve a problem you're not even aware of. Of cause no way.
And then some people think they are strong enough to fight the challenges they are facing while they are not.

Thanks for sharing this thoughtful piece with us.