Mental health is a topical subject. Even though many people are ignorant about it, conversations about it are coming up both online and offline. One question that keeps coming is;
“Can bullying affect mental health?” Of course, it can!
Imagine being a victim every day. Whether it is for seven months or seven years or anything in between, frequent abuse is not something anyone can forget or get over quickly.
For most people, it stays with them for a long time, causing a ripple effect of low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and lack of self-confidence.
You cannot underestimate the effects of bullying on emotional and mental well-being. These effects stay for a very long time. If you are being bullied, please speak out. If you are bullying someone, you need to stop now.
Proactive Actions Against Bullying
Take note of the following tips. They’ll help you against bullying:
#1 Phrases like ‘toughen up’ does not work anymore. It is insensitive.
#2 Honest and open conversations about bullying should be routine.
#3 Write powerful affirmations and quotes for yourself, and put them in conspicuous places and use them to encourage yourself every day.
#4 Establish a strong support system with your loved ones.
#5 Bullying is not okay! It is not a normal thing.
#6 Always know you are not alone.
#7 Don’t be a bystander if you see someone being bullied, step in, and speak up assertively so you can overcome bullying.
#8 Seek help.
If you are still suffering from the effects of bullying, please slow down. Don’t allow others to hurry your healing. It is a process. It may take years, occasionally even a lifetime and that’s okay.
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