MP sat down with Dr. Cheyenne Bryant, renowned psychology expert and life coach, the President of NAACP; branch #1069, Founder of Dr. Bryant Institute, Founder of Dr. Bryant Foundation non-profit, author of the award-winning Readers Favorite Five-Star book, Mental Detox, Motivational Speaker, community activist, host, and brand ambassador. Bryant’s mission is to spread her message and expertise on leading a healthier, happier, balanced, and more fulfilling life. For years, she has shared her wisdom, awareness, mastery, and insight through her private practice, book, lectures, workshops, and assisting individuals with life impairments and challenges.
MP: There’s often a stigma attached to seeking therapy, but you say “therapy Is cool.” Why is therapy cool?
CB: Therapy is the epitome of cool! Seeking professional help gives you a priceless return on your investment. That is what makes therapy and life coaching the coolest investment you will ever make. Obtaining professional help enables you to navigate out of the darkness of your thoughts and emotions and obtain peace and a healthy state of mind is the blueprint to a healthy, happy life. Attempting to find the light switch alone can be a terrifying and traumatic place and can often lead to more darkness and impairments. But, you don’t have to do it alone. That’s where a therapist or life coach can provide practical tools that help you process through issues leading you to the “light.”
What is a mental health check, and how often should it be performed?
A mental health check can be done by a mental health professional or at home by the individual. A mental health check is simply an assessment by a mental health professional created to assess and diagnose if symptoms are present in mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, psychotic illnesses, and many other mental health conditions. A mental health check should be done every three months as a preventative measure. Waiting until severe symptoms can result in long-term treatment or possible medication—all of which can be avoided by obtaining a mental health check before intervention.
Check-ins should be done daily and implemented as a lifestyle, not as an intervention. These check-ins allow you to measure where you are, how much more you have to give, and what you need to continue and do better. The benefits of mental health check-ins are they act as preventative measures. For example, preventing burnout, anxiety, depression, and many other impairments. In addition, it acts as a measuring tool helping you create and sustain a healthy balanced life.
Why are mental health checks beneficial and necessary for everyone?
Mental health check-ins are necessary for everyone to obtain and sustain a healthy mind and life. An unhealthy mental state results in unhealthy relationships, self-sabotaging, and many physical health concerns. It is necessary to measure and keep track of where you are emotional to gain awareness of your needs. This provides the information needed to keep yourself in a harmonious space enabling you to project and see that in others. Healthy relationships start with a healthy relationship with self. Mental health check-ins are an act of self-care and self-love. We give to others who we are and what we have. Sustaining our mental health is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves and others.
How can someone perform a mental health check at home?
Someone can perform a mental health check at home by checking in with their mental and emotional state by asking themselves a series of questions such as:
Am I doing alright?
Am I feeling ok?
Am I feeling anxious?
Am I feeling depressed?
Could I do better?
If the individual is feeling ok, they should proceed with their daily task. If not, they should seek professional help. Although friends and family can be great resources, they are not professionals and cannot provide adequate tools.
What is a mental detox, and how can someone perform one?
A mental detox is taking a complete inventory of your life. I use the garden metaphor for our life. Taking complete inventory means you are looking at everything good and bad in your life and deciding what stays and what goes. The benefits of a mental detox are decluttering your mind, alleviating anxiety, decreasing depression, improved self-care and self-love, and improved relationships with yourself and others. A mental detox should be done weekly and implemented as a lifestyle. Detoxing your mind, emotions, and actions of all things not serving you allows you to put in place the things that do serve you, resulting in joy, peace, and success.
What five general tips can you share to help people live happier lives?
Perform daily mental health check-ins.
Perform weekly mental detoxes.
Manage negative thinking by replacing negative thoughts with positive ones.
Manage self-talk by replacing negative self-talk with positive ones.
Surround yourself around happy people that celebrate you, not tolerate you.
What are five uncommon ways people can reduce mental toxicity and live better?
Be aware of and manage your toxic thoughts, emotions, and actions.
Create a daily ritual that consists of meditation, empowering books/audiobooks, or videos.
Make self-care a daily habit.
Focus on the positive in your and others’ lives. What you focus on magnifies.
Be easy on yourself. As you know better, you’ll do better.
Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Self-care is the epitome of self-love. The more you love yourself, the more you can love others and be receptive to love. Remember, life is an experience that you create. It is your choices that create your experience. The great thing is you can choose yourself into and out of each experience. Have fun with it! And don’t make life harder than it is.