Has a close family member of mine suffered mental illness?
Have I suffered any infections of the brain that may affect my mind?
Have I undergone abrain examination to detect any brain injury or defects?
Did I undergo any prenatal damage as a new born baby?
Is my diet balanced? Is it rich in fruits and vegetables?
Am I exposed to any toxins in my environment e.g. lead?
Did I suffer any childhood trauma? – Whether emotional, physical or sexual?
Did I undergo any early losses in my life that may have affected me e.g. death?
Was I neglected as a child? Did I feel unloved or not valued?
Do I find it difficult to relate with other people?
Have I suffered death of a dear loved one or divorce?
Do I feel like I have lost control of my life?
Do I have bouts of feeling inadequate, low self esteem, anxiety, anger and loneliness?
Have I recently changed jobs or schools?
Do I feel pressurized to meet society’s expectations and do I feel like I am lagging behind in meeting those expectations?
Do I abuse drugs or alcohol to deal with my pain, fears and anxieties?
What lifestyle changes can I make to boost my mental health?
Is my physical health in its optimum?
Am I in control of my finances?
Is my diet rich in fruits and vegetables?
Have I made room for exercise in my life?
Am I proactive in reducing stress levels in my life?
Do I get adequate amount of sleep in aday that is seven to nine hours of sleep?
Do I enjoy nature – spend time outdoors?
Have I forged strong relationships a support network in troubled times?
Do I maintain a consistent lifestyle or is my life haphazard?
Do I go out of my way to help others?
Do I smoke?
Do I have access to a mental health expert?
Do I find solutions to my problems or do I instead ignore them altogether?
Am I a workaholic or do I instead live a balanced lifestyle?
Do I keep off drugs and alcohol as a way of coping with my problems?
Do I have a healthy spiritual life?
It was a great week learning more on mental health and illness; a highly stigmatized disease area especially from the continent I hail from. Many attribute mental illness to having bewitched yet many of types of mental illness have a scientifically proven cause, some can be avoided and many can be treated and managed for sufferers to live a normal life.
A toast to many years of a productive mind and many years of good mental health.
It is a wish to a lovely weekend to all the readers of this article.
Kwambie Nyambane is a Sales Force Effectiveness Manager in a leading bank in Kenya 'by day', a passionate inspirational blogger 'by night'; and a wellness enthusiast championing healthy lifestyle choices. The founder and lead writer of this blog is a Bsc. Food Science and Post -Harvest Technology graduate of the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya, holds an MBA in Marketing from the University of Nairobi and is currently pursuing a PhD in Business Administration from the University of Nairobi. Kwambie is a member of Bloggers Association of Kenya. She believes in taking life with a big spoon, seeing the cup always as half full, and enjoying the scenery in this journey called life. Kwambie is daughter to Lilly Moraa and James Nyambane, mother to one beloved son nicknamed "The Champ"; sister to Marci and beloved auntie to the A & Z girls. She and her family make Nairobi City, Kenya their home. This blog is dedicated to her parents Moraa and Nyambane for their awesome inspiration in her formative years, for being her pillar of strength through life, her siblings Marci and Joash, and to her son "The Champ" and her nieces who represent the generation that came after her. May the nuggets contained in this blog serve many generations, the world over to come.