HOW GOOD IS YOUR MENTAL HEALTH? By Mercy Karumba & Mitchell Odhiambo

How Good is your Mental Health? By Mercy Karumba While it's easy to eat right, exercise, go for regular check-ups and so forth, we...

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How Good is your Mental Health? By Mercy Karumba

While it’s easy to eat right, exercise, go for regular check-ups and so forth, we often overlook the state of our mind. Taking care of the mind is often not perceived as priority compared to taking care of our body.

Just like a garden that needs to be well-tilled and taken care of, the mind is similar and just as vulnerable as the garden. Negativity acts like weeds which choke the life out of a healthy plant. We need to put enough effort to ensure that the mind, regardless of the situation, is guarded to ensure that only the healthy and good things are allowed in.

Negativity may come from external sources or just a personal mind-set.  What is keeping you trapped in that cocoon of self-defeat, low self-esteem and depression? Just like we never take chances when it comes to physical health diagnosis, in the same way, mental health is so crucial and we need to ensure that our mental health is at its finest. What you tell yourself each morning; what you allow others to whisper into your ears; what you allow your eyes to see; will determine how healthy your precious mind is. Give an ear to others, but be sure to filter what is good for you and what is not! Your mind is like a Garden and you are the Gardener! To get a male perspective on this, be sure to check out my colleague Mitch’s post below.


Be sure you know the conditions of your flock, give careful attention to your herds, for riches do not endure forever and a crown is not secure for all generations, when the hay is removed and new growth appears, and the grass from the hills is gathered in, the lambs will provide you with clothing, and the goats with the price of the field. You will have plenty of goats’ milk to feed your family and to nourish your female servants.

Take care of your mental faculties and be sure to control the information and misinformation that trickles into your mind. In an era that lives off social media, and is bombarded with content that glorifies materialism with everyone trying to show off their latest phone or car, shoe or trip, you must be careful not to get carried away amidst the euphoria.

Cultivate your mind to focus on measurable deliverables that mean value to you and to your loved ones. Build on the fundamentals that count, and live for one self. Careful that you are not entrapped into the gravy that demands you live your life to the appeasement of others. Often living for likes, and the dopamine that comes with having lots of followers

Sit with the elderly and enquire for wisdom. I recall once we were being told, there’s a generation that runs to take selfies with the who is whos and there is another that runs to pitch whenever they see them. One walks away with lots of likes and pity, another walks away with lots of zero’s and respect in their bank account.

Get all the support you can get and be sure to know the state of your mind. If that makes you proud, keep on keeping on, otherwise source for help. Read books, talk to those more experienced.  Until we speak again, I am your host Mitchell Odhiambo. Welcome to a man’s new world.

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