Opening up about my feelings to the people in my life I loved & who loved me made it bearable. I could be functional again. I didn’t always need to lock myself in a dark room to be left alone with despair, I could step into the light now.
Patience eventually pays. TEWWY finally gathered the support it needed from the community and government agencies to provide effective psychosocial interventions which serve both the Wisdom&Wellness Counselors as well as the community they are building.
Sadness touches all of our lives at different times, but depression can have enormous depth and staying power. It is more than a passing bout of sadness or dejection, or feeling down in the dumps. It can leave you feeling continuously burdened and can sap the joy out of once-pleasurable activities.
Serious mental illness costs in the United States amount to $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year. Whereas, adults living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than others, largely due to treatable medical conditions.
Mental illnesses are conditions that affect a person’s thinking, feeling, mood or behavior, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.
As the exercise focuses on deep, controlled breathing, encouraging a greater mind-body awareness, after years of doing yoga, some people find that the practice transforms their lives to an even greater degree.
Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.
by Suzan NjanaWisdom&Wellness Counselor – Kigamboni Kayegele Ka Mhande Jina Bulilo Nyamwezi Proverb We referenced this proverb for women married to excessively drunk men – which speaks of preparation bambara nuts – traditional Nyamwezi tribe food, delicious but hard, round seeds that are difficult to handle during preparation and cooking. This wisdom served women inContinue reading “Patience During Hard Times”
Susan Njana Wisdom&Wellness Counselor – Kigamboni In my native tongue – Kinyamwezi, the saying goes “Wa Matama Abili Akapyaga“. The analogy we always referred to when I was a young girl was “When eating we use both cheeks to rotate food in the mouth – to create comfort and avoid burning when eating hotter food.”Continue reading “There’s More Than One Way to Skin a Cat”
Looking back at the last 34 years, in so many ways I am just starting to understand some of this. I know I understand very little. There’s still so much to learn, so much wonder to explore. And as I blow out my metaphorical 35 candles today, I wonder to myself, how did I getContinue reading “35 going on 1”