Monday, 24 June 2013

MENTAL STRESS

WHAT IS MENTAL STRESS?
Mental stress is the minds response to stress. 

Stress is a condition in which we feel under pressure  therefore threatening and challenging our being.


WHAT CAUSES MENTAL STRESS?
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Mental stress can be caused by our some of the following to an extended degree; social pressure, relationship stress, work stress, no relax time, bad financial situations,  bad circumstances, abuse, discrimination, bullying and so much more. 

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF MENTAL STRESS?
Signs of mental stress are confusion, panic attacks, insomnia, disorientation, low self-esteem, nightmares, tension and obsessive thoughts among others.

HOW TO CONTROL MENTAL STRESS

  • Avoid what makes you stressed.
  • Set Priorities and focus on them one at a time. Practice time management.
  • Know when to stop worrying.
  • Exercise and eat a balanced diet.
  • Journal all your feeling of stress.
  • Avoid pessimism and be optimistic about life.
  • Do not alienate yourself. Spend time with your positive friends and family.
  • Do what you love but avoid perfectionism.
  • Give up unhealthy ways of coping with stress such as alcoholism, smoking, self harm.
  • Do not release your stress on others e.g. through anger or alienation or in any negative way. 


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Sunday, 16 June 2013

MENTAL ABUSE

" You are a psychotic pig! No one will ever love you. You are not worthy. The only reason I am here with you is because I have such a big heart. No one in the world can ever stand you!"
- some abusive person -


What you read in that quote is just one example of mental abuse. What was said may have not been a slash of a whip against the victim but it hurts just the same or even more.

Some victims have heard worse but just to let you know, those hurtful damaging words are not true to you nor to anyone. 

No one should say such words to you nor should you say such words to anyone in any circumstance. so;

WHAT IS MENTAL ABUSE?
Mental abuse is any behavior that causes distress or mental scarring to an individual with their knowledge or not and does not involve physical abuse.

EXAMPLES OF MENTAL ABUSE

Verbal aggression, Lying, Disrespect, Blackmail, Torture, Isolation,  Threats, Discrimination, Bullying, Humiliation, Condescending attitude, Emotional chaos, Domination, Sarcasm, Accusations, Degrading and Intimidation among many others. 

Mental abuse is usually associated with but not limited to narcissism and bi-polar disorder.


HOW TO DEAL WITH MENTAL ABUSE

  • Identify where the mental abuse is coming from in order to easily deal with it.
  • Do not keep the emotions inside, write it down. Journal it.
  • Create your own safety, what will u do when attacked mentally?
  • Seek professional help. Go for counseling or attend some therapy.
  • Break off unhealthy relationships.
  • Stay positive.
  • Join a support group that focuses on your problem. Online or offline.
  • Remember member abuse can have similar effects as physical abuse so learn to stop it.
  • Do not believe the negative words said to you if they are not helpful to building you as a person.
  • It is not your fault.
  • Say positive things to yourself about yourself.
  • Evaluate what is being said. Learn from the useful things and throw away the negative things.

In the instance you find yourself believing what the abuser is saying. Evaluate what is being said to you and most likely you will find it is not true. For example if someone told you the words in the quote above, you can evaluate it like this:

"You are a psychotic pig!" :   Wait, what? Am not a pig. Am a human being. And since am a human being, i cannot be a psychotic pig. S/he must be the one who is crazy because no normal person ever talks to a pig. LOL

"No one will ever love you." : That is statistically wrong. How would s/he know that unless they were friends with every single person on the planet... What? they are not even friends with half, or a quarter of the planet? Did they make a survey to prove that? No?!!! Gosh, this person must think they are Einstein to come up with such a prediction....

"You are not worthy." : They don't exactly work on wall street to be able to measure your worth economically. Ohh, they do work on wall street? Then they should be fired for causing the recession because they should know that human worth can never be measured. 

"blah... blah.. blah... I have such a big heart." : What? Are you sure? Maybe s/he should be paying a visit to their doctor soon because literally having a "big heart" is not exactly healthy.

"No one in the world can ever stand you." : Back to statistics again. Will s/he never learn? Besides many people have stood by you and I will stand by you for one. And I also know many who are willing to stand up for what is right.



Has anyone ever said bad words to you? What did you do? Have you ever said bad words to someone? Why? Did you mean it? Let us know your view today. Leave us a comment or send us an email today; safetyfirstforgirls@aol.com


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Sunday, 9 June 2013

SAFETY OF THE MIND

The mind is a weapon. WE have to learn to control it, tame it and protect it!


what is the mind?
The mind is the element of a person that allows us to be aware of the world and our experiences.

Mental health is being in a good, balanced and rational state of mind. Mental health is something everyone should achieve. Not having a mental illness does not necessarily mean you are mentally healthy.

FUNCTIONS OF THE MIND
ØThink. Create a rational meaning of our surroundings. (Right Judgment) e.g. Judge, perceive, analyze
ØFeel. Evaluate correctly what is happening around us to let us know when we are safe or not. (Tell how we are doing, happy or sad or scared),e.g. happy, sad, calm, worried, excited.
ØWant. To allocate our energy before action. (To do or not to do, goals and desires) e.g. motives, purposes, agendas

In short, the mind is our operating THINK TANK and so we need to protect it.

WHAT IS SAFETY OF THE MIND?
Safety of the mind denotes to measures taken in order to protect from injury or harm the mental being of a person. 
The safety of the mind aims at giving a person psychological health and a state of well-being. 

Some threats to safety of the mind are;
ØMental abuse
ØMental Stress
ØDepression
ØSubstance Abuse
ØLow self-esteem

ØAnd more…


What effects from our lives can inhibit our minds from thinking, feeling and wanting in a healthy manner? Let us know today. Leave us a comment or send us an email today; safetyfirstforgirls@aol.com

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Sunday, 2 June 2013

WHAT IS SAFETY?

INTRODUCTION TO SAFETY EDUCATION

Safety should not be regarded as a duty but should be taken as a level of consciousness in our day to day lives.

Safety is a noun defined as;
The condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk or injury OR denoting something designed to prevent injury or damage. 

TYPES OF SAFETY
There are various forms of safety or security such as safety of the body, property, health, morality and many more. We have put safety into two categories with both equally important and  inter-related. Safety can be;

i.  Internal Safety
Internal safety is the condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk or injury in regards to a person’s internal being with matters in relation to safety of:
a) The Mind
b) The Heart
c) The Emotions

ii. External Safety
External safety is the condition of being protected from or unlikely to cause danger, risk or injury in regards to a person’s external physical being with matters in relation to safety of:
a) The Body
b) The Other Person
c) The Property

MASLOWS HIERARCHY OF NEEDS


According to Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs, Safety or security is the second most basic of human needs after acquiring our physiological needs. This means it is most important once the basic need of air, food, water and necessities are met. Safety is a priority in order for us to strive as human beings.

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RESOURCES

Want to be educated more on safety? The following are current resources from SFG which are freely available to every one. Contact Us for more information.


SFG EDUCATIONAL BOOKLET


Girl Safety Signs is an educational booklet aimed to educate women and men on safety issues in order to prevent crime and abuse whilst empowering women. The booklet features many different empowering and educative stories from various volunteers. 

This is a product of the I AM SAFE Project by Safety First for Girls.

Find it online by clicking the above link or going to:  SFG Educational Booklet

Available : Online and Offline



SFG EDUCATIONAL SERIES



The SFG Educational Series is a basic guide on safety education covering various issues from internal safety such as safety of the mind, heart and emotions, to external safety such as safety of the body, the other person and property. 

This is good for educators interested in teaching safety and also for any interested persons.

Available : By Email (safetyfirstforgirls@aol.com)