Have you ever been in a conversation with a Nigerian man and noticed how he overthinks every detail? Whether it’s his career, love life, or even just making decisions in general, you can always find a Nigerian man deep in thought, contemplating all the pros and cons. But have you ever stopped to wonder what impact this overthinking can have on his health?
As Nigerians, we have seen firsthand how overthinking can take a toll on a man’s mental and emotional well-being. The constant worry and stress can lead to anxiety, depression, and even physical health problems. It’s no wonder that the World Health Organization ranked Nigeria as the country with the highest burden of depression in Africa.
So what can we do to support our Nigerian men who struggle with overthinking? Here are some strategies that can help:
Encourage them to seek help:
There is still a stigma surrounding mental health in Nigeria, but it’s important to remind our men that seeking help is not a sign of weakness. Encourage them to talk to a trusted friend, family member, or even a mental health professional.
Self-care is not just a buzzword, it’s essential for maintaining good mental health. Encourage the Nigerian men in your life to take breaks from work, engage in hobbies they enjoy, and practice mindfulness or meditation.
Challenge negative self-talk:
Overthinking often leads to negative self-talk, where a man constantly criticises himself or doubts his abilities. Encourage him to challenge these thoughts and replace them with more positive affirmations.
Foster a supportive environment:
Nigerian men may hesitate to open up about their mental health struggles, but creating a safe and supportive environment can make a huge difference. Be there to listen without judgement, offer words of encouragement, and remind them that they are not alone.
It’s time for us to start taking mental health seriously in Nigeria, and supporting our Nigerian men who struggle with overthinking is a great place to start. By encouraging them to seek help, practise self-care, challenge negative self-talk, and foster a supportive environment, we can help them live happier and healthier lives. So the next time you see a Nigerian man lost in thought, remember that a little support can go a long way.