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How to support someone with mental health issues

Mental health talk is so trendy these days, it makes me wonder if people even take it seriously. Or just talk about it to feel like part of the cool kids club. Many people are still struggling with mental health issues and have no one they can talk to. Which is shocking considering how mental health is so hot topic at the moment. But then again, I can see how difficult it can be to help someone having mental health issues. Many of us are truly helpless and have no ideas on how to reach someone who is already in a dark mental state.

 

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How to support someone with mental health issues

Here are some ways you could help someone dealing with mental health issues –

 

Speak with them

The first thing to do is to let the person know you are available as listening ear with no judgement. We all need someone to share our thoughts, hopes and feelings with. This is even more important when you are struggling with mental health problems. So being available for a chat would be one way to help.

 

Don’t judge

Many people rather suffer in silence than be judged by others. This is one of the main reasons why mental health sufferers don’t speak to anyone about their issues. You need to remember to listen without any judgement in other to support someone with mental health issues.

 

Get them to get help

If you can convince a mental health sufferer to speak with a doctor and get some professional advice, you may have just saved a life. Encouraging whoever is suffering to get help is the best thing you can do. It pays to stay calm and be patient as this will help more than you being pushy and anxious.

 

Help in other way you can

Apart from all the ways listed above, you can also help with general day to day activities for this person. So helping with childcare, school runs, cleaning, food shopping, company and so on will help massively. Many people struggling with depression and anxiety may struggle with day to day living, so helping when you can will help take the strain off them, and allow them focus on getting better.

 

Look after yourself

While looking out for others, make sure you look after your own wellbeing as well. It is easy to neglect our mental health while dealing with others, so make sure to check in with yourself every now ands again, to ensure you are doing great.

 

 

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How to wash your hair properly

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It took me many years to realise I have been washing my hair all wrong. We tend to pay more attention to our skin than our hair for some weird reason. We spend time cleaning, toning and moisturising our face. On some days, we even use a face mask. However, when it comes to hair wash days, many of us spend a couple of minutes and we are done. I only recently started washing my hair properly, and I can see the difference already with the way my hair looks.

 

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How to wash your hair properly

So how do you wash your hair properly? You need time and the right products and technique to get your hair clean and moisturised. It is going to take more than 2 minutes in the shower to achieve this. So if you have been washing your hair wrong all these years, these easy to follow steps may come in handy –

 

Use your shampoo sparingly

You don’t need a lot of shampoo to get your hair clean. A little goes a long way. The key is to ensure you massage the shampoo into your hair for about 5 minutes. That way the shampoo sinks into the hair and all the goodness is soaked it.

 

Rinse and rinse again

Once you have massaged the shampoo into the hair, you need to rinse and rinse again to ensure all traces of the shampoo are out of your hair. You should rinse your hair more than you think is required, that way you will be sure there is no trace of shampoo left in your hair and the hair feels like wet hair with no products in.

 

Use warm water

Make sure the water you are using is the right temperature. Warm water is the best for washing your hair. Cold water tangles the hair and hot water will strip the hair off all the moisture.

 

Use the conditioner correctly

You should ensure your read the label on the conditioner and follow the instructions on how to use it. You should leave your conditioner in for the time required.

 

Use the right products

I use SheaMoisture shampoo and conditioner and I have done so since I went natural. There is a range for everyone, so do try the different ranges until you find the right one for your hair type. Here are a few ideas here –

 

 

Have you tried the SheaMoisture range? What do you think of the hair products?

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